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The Dry Weather Continues In Baton Rouge Today

Short Term Forecast:  Fortunately, the weather is very quiet this year compared to last year as Hurricane Isaac was making landfall over SE Louisiana and 8 years ago when Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the LA/MS state line.  We have clear skies and refreshing temperatures in the 60s!

The ridge of high pressure is still sitting over us today and that means more dry and hot weather for Baton Rouge.  We will be partly cloudy with high temperatures in the lower 90s.

You can expect more pleasant weather tonight.  We will be clear, but not as cool with low temperatures near 70.

Friday will still be a dry day as the ridge remains over us.  We will be partly cloudy, but hotter with high temperatures in the mid 90s.  A spotty shower is possible during the afternoon hours.  Friday Night will be mostly clear and warmer with lows in the lower 70s.

Weekend Forecast:  Do not expect much change in the forecast on Saturday.  We will stay partly cloudy, hot and dry with highs in the mid 90s and lows in the lower to mid 70s.

The weather will start to change on Sunday as the ridge of high pressure starts to move to the west of Louisiana.  This will allow for a weak disturbance to move along the eastern-edge of it.  That will help to draw up some more moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and we will become more humid.  It will also help to set off spotty to isolated showers and a few thunderstorms.  Highs will be in the lower 90s and lows in the mid 70s.

Tropical Outlook:  I'm tracking an upper-level low that is moving over Florida at this time.  It is not expected to develop into anything, but it does look impressive on satellite imagery.

I'm also watching a few tropical waves.  The first one is located about 1300 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.  It is poorly organized with only a few showers popping up.  NHC is giving it a low chance of developing into something over the next 48 hours.  After that time, upper-level winds are not expected to be favorable for development and there is a low chance of it becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 5 days.

The second tropical wave is over Western Africa and will emerge into the Atlantic on Friday.  Forecast models show it developing into an area of low pressure as it approaches the Cape Verde Islands.  NHC is giving it a low chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 2 days, but a medium chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 5 days.  Needless to say, I will be keeping an eye on it!

Elsewhere...the rest of the tropics are quiet.

Enjoy the dry weather and have a great day! -Dave


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