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More Heat With Spotty Storms Today

Short Term Forecast:  Once again it is a very warm and muggy morning with mostly cloudy skies across the Capital City.  A few showers are possible as some rain is moving toward Baton Rouge from the north.  A lot of the rain is dissipating as it heads toward us.  Temperatures are in the mid to upper 70s.


We will have another scorcher this afternoon as an area of high pressure sits over the Central Gulf of Mexico and another area of high pressure sits over the Rocky Mountain States.  This is bringing in northwest winds aloft and that limits the amount of storms that will pop-up in the afternoon hours.  However, it also means that any storms that develop over the Great Plains states will dive to the southeast toward Louisiana.  I am watching a few thunderstorms complexes over the Plains States, and the forecast models are hinting that they could survive all the way to Baton Rouge.  If this happens we will see some storms by this evening.  Otherwise, it will be partly cloudy, hot and very humid with highs in the mid 90s.  The heat index will be 105° or greater today!  Be sure to stay hydrated and take frequent breaks if you will be outside!!

Some storms are possible this evening with partly to mostly cloudy skies.  Then we will have partly cloudy skies overnight with lows in the mid 70s.

Rest of the Week:  Thursday and Friday will continue to be hot and humid with isolated t'storms possible each day.  Highs will be in the mid 90s with the heat index 105° or greater.  Lows will be in the mid 70s each night with some lingering clouds.


Weekend Outlook:  A cold front will be sagging south toward I-10 this weekend.  It will likely stall and fall apart before it ever gets to Baton Rouge.  However, it will be close enough to help set off isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday.  High temperatures will be in the lower 90s and lows in the lower 70s each day and night.

Tropical Outlook:  Invest 98L has become Tropical Depression #4 this morning.  It is still located WAY out in the Atlantic, or about 310 miles WSW of the Cape Verde Islands.  Winds are sustained at 35 mph, and it could strengthen into a tropical storm later today.  It would get the name Dorian.  The forecast track takes TD 4 across the open Atlantic where it will encounter some wind shear and drier air in a few days.  This system is not expected to be more than a minimal tropical storm.


Elsewhere...the rest of the tropics are quiet and tropical cyclone formation is not expected anywhere else through Thursday.

Stay cool again and have a nice day! -Dave

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