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Becoming Much Hotter and Drier Today

Short Term Forecast:  We have a mostly clear start to this Tuesday with some slightly less humid air.  Temperatures are in the upper 60s in Mississippi to lower 70s across the Baton Rouge area.

A ridge of high pressure will build over the Southeast U.S. today.  This will clear out all of the rain we had the last few days, and we will start to dry out.  A stray shower can't be ruled out, but the chance of rain is only at 10% today.  Otherwise, it will be partly cloudy and hotter with highs in the lower 90s.

It is going to be a very pleasant night with mostly clear skies.  Low temperatures will fall to the upper 60s as the drier air moves over the city.  This will be a nice treat for late August!

Week Ahead:  The ridge of high pressure will remain over the Southeast U.S. on Wednesday through Friday.  Each day will be partly cloudy, hot and a little humid.  High temperatures will be in the mid 90s.  Each night will be mostly clear and warm with lows in the lower to mid 70s.

Weekend Outlook:  The forecast models are showing the ridge building to the west, and that would put Louisiana on the eastern edge of it.  This will allow for some extra moisture to come back over us, and that will help to set off some storms.  However, if the ridge holds and does not move to the west, we will not see the extra moisture, and we will stay hot and dry.  As of right now, I'm saying Saturday and Sunday will be partly cloudy with spotty to isolated showers and thunderstorms.  It will remain hot, but be a little more humid with highs in the lower to mid 90s and lows in the lower 70s.

Tropical Outlook:  I'm watching a tropical wave located to the southwest of the Cape Verde Islands.  It is not very organized at the moment, but as it moves to the west over the next few days conditions appear favorable for some development.  The forecast models are also showing this wave developing into an area of low pressure by the end of the week.  Fortunately, the models are also showing it staying out at sea.  NHC is giving it a low chance to become a tropical system in the next 48 hours, but a medium chance in the next 5 days.

Elsewhere...the rest of the tropics are quiet, and they will stay that way through Wednesday.

Get ready for the heat and have a great day! -Dave


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