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More Heat With Scattered Storms Today

Short Term Forecast:  We have a very warm and muggy Wednesday Morning across Baton Rouge with partly to mostly cloudy skies.  Temperatures are in the mid to upper 70s.


Look for another afternoon similar to the last few with plenty of heat and thunderstorms.  Baton Rouge is sitting between to areas of high pressure - one over the Four Corners of the U.S. and another off the East Coast.  This is allowing deep tropical moisture to come right up the Gulf into the state.  Combine that with daytime heating plus the sea breeze and you get scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Some heavy rain will still be possible too.  High temperatures will be in the lower 90s.  The heat index will be around 100.

The showers and storms will continue into the evening hours and then they will taper off overnight with partly cloudy skies.  It will be stuffy with lows in the mid 70s.

Rest of the Week:  A trough of low pressure will move down the Eastern U.S. on Thursday and Friday.  This will send a weak cold front toward Louisiana and that will help to set off more scattered showers and storms both days.  It looks like the front will stall along I-10 before drifting to the Coast by late on Friday.  Highs will be in the lower 90s both days.  Low temperatures will be in the mid 70s Thursday Night, but fall to the lower 70s Friday Night.

Weekend Outlook:  Some slightly drier air will filter down to Louisiana on Saturday, but it will not last long.  We will be partly cloudy and slightly less humid with spotty afternoon showers.  Highs will be in the lower 90s and lows in the lower 70s.


A tropical wave/TUTT low, which is currently stalled along the Florida East Coast, will move into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend and merge with the southern-half of the trough.  Together, these systems will move to the west and help to set off scattered showers and storms over Baton Rouge on Sunday.  It will stay hot with highs in the lower 90s and lows in the lower 70s.

Tropical Outlook:  Tropical Storm Chantal is poorly organized today.  It is really moving too fast for it to really develop well since it is racing WNW at 29 mph.  Winds are down to 45 mph and the pressure is up to 1011 mb.  The latest satellite imagery shows that the storm may weaken into a depression or even a tropical wave later today as it approaches Hispaniola.  Due to the weakened nature of it, it will also move more to the west before turning north.  Now it will likely track across Eastern Cuba and cross over Central Cuba as it moves north toward the Florida East Coast by the weekend.  Then a final landfall could be over the Georgia Coast early next week.  Needless to say, we will have to keep an eye on the system to see how it moves and tracks.

Elsewhere...the rest of the tropics are still quiet.

Stay dry and have a nice day!

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