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Plenty of Heavy Rain and Storms Today

Short Term Forecast:  We have a partly to mostly cloudy morning across the Baton Rouge area with a few showers starting to pop-up.  Most of the rain is along the coast, but it will drift inland throughout the morning hours.  Temperatures are in the 70s.

The upper-level low is moving from the Texas Panhandle into New Mexico today.  It will continue to draw in deep tropical moisture over Baton Rouge today.  This will give us a mix of sun and clouds with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms.  Some of the storms could be strong with gusty winds and heavy rain.  Watch out for some flash flooding!  High temperatures will only get up to the upper 80s.

Most of the rain will come to an end by 10 PM tonight.  Then we will be left with some clouds and spotty showers.  Low temperatures will be in the lower 70s.

Week Ahead:  The deep tropical moisture will shift westward into Texas tomorrow as the upper-level low sits near the Four Corners of the U.S.  At the same time, an area of high pressure will build over the Southeast U.S.  This means we will not have as much rain!  You can expect partly cloudy skies with isolated to scattered afternoon showers and storms.  It will become hotter with highs in the lower 90s.  Wednesday Night will have a few clouds with lows in the lower 70s.

Some drier air will move over the state on Thursday and that will only allow for spotty afternoon storms to pop-up with partly cloudy skies.  Highs will be in the lower 90s and lows in the lower 70s.

Another trough of low pressure is forecast to set-up along the East Coast on Friday.  This will start to draw up more moisture from the Gulf, and we will see an increased chance for rain.  It will be partly cloudy with scattered afternoon thunderstorms.  Highs will be in the lower 90s and lows in the lower 70s.

Weekend Outlook:  Thanks to the trough of low pressure along the U.S. East Coast, we will now have a better chance of afternoon storms this weekend.  However, we will not be washed out, but will have to keep an eye to the sky.  It will be partly cloudy with scattered showers and storms on Saturday and Sunday.  Highs will still be hot as they climb into the lower 90s and lows will be in the lower 70s each night.

Tropical Outlook:  Everything still looks quiet in the tropics, and it will stay that way through Wednesday.

Try to stay dry and have a good day! -Dave


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