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The Threat For Scattered Storms Continues All Weekend

Short Term Forecast:  We have a mostly clear to partly cloudy morning across the Capital City.  There are a few showers and storms along the Louisiana Coast.  Temperatures are in the 70s.

A tropical wave/trough of low pressure will be slowly moving to the west across the Northern Gulf of Mexico today.  As this wave approaches Louisiana it will interact with a sea breeze and they will set off scattered showers and storms over Baton Rouge.  Otherwise, we will have a mix of sun and clouds with highs in the lower 90s.

The storms will dissipate by 9 PM this evening and then we will have partly cloudy skies overnight.  Low temperatures will be in the lower 70s.

Weekend Forecast:  The tropical wave will still be playing a role in setting off scattered showers and storms over Southeast Louisiana on Saturday.  Some heavy rain will be possible, especially over the Coastal Parishes.  Highs will be in the lower 90s.  Saturday Night will have some clouds with lows in the mid 70s.

Sunday's weather will be just like the last few days - partly cloudy with scattered showers and storms in the afternoon hours.  The storms will be set off by the heating of the day and the sea breeze.  Highs will still be in the lower 90s and lows in the lower 70s on Sunday Night.

Next Week Outlook:  We will have another day of scattered storms in the afternoon/evening hours on Monday with partly cloudy skies as some deep tropical moisture remains over Baton Rouge.  Highs will be in the lower 90s and lows in the lower 70s.

An area of high pressure will build west from the East Coast of the U.S. toward Louisiana on Tuesday.  This will reduce the amount of storms we will have.  Therefore, it will be partly cloudy with only isolated showers and storms.  Highs will be in the lower 90s and lows in the lower 70s.

That area of high pressure will be over the Southeast U.S. on Wednesday through Friday.  This will bring in some drier air aloft, and that really limits the amount of rain we will have.  The forecast will call for partly cloudy skies with only spotty afternoon showers.  Highs will be in the lower to mid 90s and lows in the mid 70s.

Tropical Outlook:  I'm keeping an eye on the tropical wave/through of low pressure over the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.  There is a mid-level circulation associated with it too.  Fortunately, I am not expecting it to develop into anything as it moves to the west at 10 mph.  It will help to set off showers and storms along the I-10 corridor with heavy rain likely through Saturday.

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

Keep your umbrella with you and have a great weekend! -Dave


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