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Scattered Storms Will Continue Each Day This Weekend

Short Term Forecast:  We have another quiet start to the day across Baton Rouge with some clouds and muggy temperatures in the 70s.

The weather pattern has not changed much today, so more of the same weather is on tap this afternoon.  A trough of low pressure remains over the Southeast U.S. and and upper-level low (TUTT Low) is sitting over the Northern Gulf of Mexico.  These features, when combined with daytime heating, will lead to partly cloudy skies with scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.  Some of the storms could be strong with gusty winds and heavy rain.  High temperatures will be in the lower 90s, and some of you may not make it that high.

The showers and storms will continue through the evening before dissipating around 10 PM.  Then we will be left with partly cloudy skies overnight.  It will be warm and muggy with lows in the lower 70s.

Weekend Forecast:  The trough of low pressure and the upper-level low will still play a role in our weather this weekend.  This means we will have more of the same weather each day with scattered showers and storms popping up.  Some heavy rain will be possible with any storm.  High temperatures will be in the lower 90s and lows in the lower 70s on Saturday and Sunday.

Next Week Outlook:  We will still have a decent chance for storms on Monday, but then things start to dry out beginning on Tuesday.  The Bermuda High Pressure will build west toward the East Coast of the U.S.  This will allow some drier and warmer air aloft to move over Baton Rouge, and that means we will not have many afternoon storms.  However, it also means we will become very hot!  Tuesday through Friday will be partly cloudy with only spotty thunderstorms popping up due to the sea breeze.  High temperatures will be in the mid 90s and lows in the mid to upper 70s each day and night.  Heat Index values will be 100°+ each day!

Tropical Outlook:  There is the TUTT Low, or upper-level low, in the Northern Gulf of Mexico.  This is not expected to develop into anything surface-based, so it will not be tropical.  However, it will help to spread rain and storms along the Gulf Coast.

Elsewhere...a few tropical waves are moving across the Caribbean, but they are not expected to develop into anything.  Therefore, tropical cyclone formation is not expected through the weekend.

Try to stay dry and have a great weekend! -Dave


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