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Hot With Only Stray Storms Today

Short Term Forecast:  It is a pretty quiet start to this Wednesday Morning across Southeast Louisiana.  We have mostly clear skies with temperatures in the 70s.

Get ready for a hotter day thanks to a ridge of high pressure sitting over Baton Rouge in the upper-levels of the atmosphere.  This will warm up those levels and that will limit the amount of storms popping up.  Therefore, we will be partly cloudy, hot and humid with only stray thunderstorms.  High temperatures will be in the lower 90s with the heat index around 100.

Look for some lingering clouds tonight and it will be steamy with lows in the mid 70s.

Rest of the Week:  The ridge will remain over us on Thursday, so expect more hot weather with only a couple of storms possible.  It will be even hotter with highs in the mid 90s and the heat index 100 to 105.  Thursday Night will be partly cloudy and we could see a spotty shower popping up.  Lows will be in the mid 70s.

The weather will start to change on Friday.  The upper-level ridge will move to the west of Louisiana and we will have a trough of low pressure building in from the east.  This will send a cold front toward the state and that will help to set off isolated thunderstorms.  We will still be hot with highs in the lower to mid 90s.  Friday Night will be partly to mostly cloudy with spotty showers.  Lows will be in the mid 70s.

Weekend Outlook:  Saturday is shaping up to be a stormy day.  The cold front will be stalled over us and a disturbance is forecast to move in from the northwest.  This will give us scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Some of the storms could be strong to possibly severe!  Highs will be in the lower 70s.  Saturday Night will have some clouds and possibly a shower or two.  Lows will be in the mid 70s.

Some drier air is forecast to move in on Sunday and this will limit the amount of storms that can pop-up.  Expect partly cloudy skies with only a few showers and storms.  Highs will be in the lower 90s and lows in the lower 70s on Sunday Night.

Tropical Outlook:  Everything remains quiet in the tropics and it will stay that way through Thursday.

Lightning Safety Awareness Week:  The National Weather Service (NWS) has named June 23-29th as Lightning Safety Awareness Week.  During this week the NWS will be sending out reminders on how to keep safe from lightning.  For more information on this week, check out the NWS's Lightning Safety Awareness Week website.

Stay cool and have a nice day! -Dave


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