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Isolated Storms Today With A Greater Chance of Storms This Weekend

Summer Solstice:  Summer officially arrived at 12:04 AM today.  This is typically known as the longest day of the year due to the maximum amount of sunlight expected.  We actually will have a few weeks of maximum amount of sunlight before the days start getting shorter.

Short Term Forecast:  We have mostly clear skies across the Baton Rouge area this morning.  It is warm and muggy with temperatures in the 70s.

An area of high pressure will be building across the Deep South today, but it will not take away the chance of storms this afternoon.  We will be partly cloudy and hot with isolated showers and storms.  High temperatures will be in the lower 90s and the heat index will be around 100.

Any storms will dissipate by 10 PM tonight and then we will be left with a few clouds.  It will be pretty sticky with lows in the lower 70s.

Weekend Forecast:  The area of high pressure will move to the east of Louisiana on Saturday and a weak disturbance will move toward the state from the west.  This will give us another day of partly cloudy skies with isolated afternoon thunderstorms.  Highs will be in the lower 90s.  Saturday Night will have some clouds with lows in the lower 70s.

That disturbance will move right over Baton Rouge on Sunday.  This will increase the chance of rain and help to keep the temperatures down a little.  You can expect mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Some storms could be strong with gusty winds and heavy rain.  High temperatures will only be around 90.  The rain ends on Sunday Night with partly cloudy skies.  Lows will fall to the lower 70s.

Next Week Outlook:  We will have a more typical Summer weather pattern next week.  Each day will be hot and humid with isolated afternoon showers and storms popping up.  Daily high temperatures will be in the lower 90s.  Each night will have a few clouds and it will be muggy with lows in the lower to mid 70s.

Tropical Outlook:  Barry became a tropical depression as it moved inland near Veracruz, Mexico yesterday.  It is no longer a tropical system as it moves west over the mountains of Mexico.

Elsewhere...the rest of the tropics remain quiet.

Have a good weekend, plan for some rain and stay cool! -Dave


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