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The Weekend Starts Pleasant, But Ends With Some Storms

Short Term Forecast:  We have a mostly cloudy and stuffy morning across Baton Rouge as the cold front remains north of the state.  Temperatures are in the lower 70s.

The cold front will move into Baton Rouge this afternoon and it will set off some isolated showers and storms.  We will have less coverage of storms compared to yesterday.  Otherwise, expect a mix of sun and clouds with high temperatures in the lower 90s.

The storms will end tonight inland, but may persist overnight along the coast as the cold front stalls there.   Expect a few clouds in town and it will not be as muggy with lows near 70.

Weekend Forecast:  Some drier air will move over the city on Saturday as northerly winds usher it our way.  This will lead to partly cloudy skies with only a spotty shower possible.  It will be hot, but a little less humid with highs in the lower 90s.  Saturday Night will be somewhat pleasant with mostly clear skies and lows in the lower 70s.

The dry air will leave the area on Sunday, and it will be replaced by more humid conditions.  This will give us partly cloudy skies with isolated to scattered afternoon showers and storms.  Not all of you will see rain, so it will turn out to be another decent day.  High temperatures will be in the lower 90s and lows will fall to the lower 70s on Sunday Night.

Next Week Outlook:  The hot and humid air mass will stay over us all week as southerly winds pump in Gulf Moisture.  At the same time, a disturbance will be moving east to west along the I-40 corridor and high pressure will sit over the Southeast U.S.  Combine that with the sea breeze, and we will get daily scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms.  Highs will be in the lower 90s and lows will be in the lower to mid 70s each day and night.

Tropical Outlook:  The remnants of Chantal are part of a trough of low pressure that stretches from the NW Caribbean, across Cuba and into the Bahamas.  Upper-level winds are expected to become a little more favorable for develop this weekend as the trough moves to the north over the Bahamas.  NHC is giving this system a medium chance of development during that time.

Elsewhere...the rest of the tropics are quiet and they will stay that way through this weekend.

Watch out for some rain today, but enjoy your weekend! -Dave


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