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A Hot Weekend With Only Spotty Storms Each Day

Short Term Forecast:  It is a very warm and somewhat muggy Friday Morning across Southeast Louisiana.  We have mostly clear skies with temperatures in the 70s.  There are some coastal showers popping up and they will continue throughout the morning.

The pesky front that has been stalled north of Baton Rouge this week is still stuck south of the I-20 corridor.  It will dissipate today, but it will help to set off isolated showers and storms again today with partly cloudy skies.  It will be hot and humid with highs in the lower to mid 90s.  The heat index will be around 100+.

The storms will continue into the evening hours before they dissipate by 9-10 PM.  Then we will become mostly clear and muggy overnight.  Lows will fall to the lower 70s.

Weekend Forecast:  A ridge of high pressure will start to build across the Deep South this weekend.  That means we will have fewer storms popping up with hot temperatures.  Saturday and Sunday will be partly cloudy with spotty afternoon showers and storms.  Highs will be in the mid 90s and lows in the lower 70s.

Football Forecast:  If you are headed to the LSU vs. UAB game get ready for it to be very hot for tailgating!  We will be partly cloudy with a few pop-up storms during the tailgating hours.  By kickoff at 6 PM it will be partly cloudy and very warm with temperatures in the upper 80s.

Next Week Outlook:  The ridge of high pressure will remain over us for much of next week.  At the same time, a tropical wave will move east to west across the Gulf of Mexico my mid-week.  This wave could actually be an area of low pressure, but it is not expected to directly impact Louisiana.  However, it could help to give us an increased chance of storms as it passes by the Louisiana Coast.  Needless to say, I will keep an eye on it!  Otherwise, we will have daily high temperatures in the lower 90s and lows in the lower 70s.

Tropical Outlook:  Tropical Depression Gabrielle has dissipate near the Dominican Republic and it is not expected to redevelop into anything.

There is a broad area of low pressure over the Western Gulf of Mexico just off the Mexican Coast.  It is trying to get better organized as it moves to the west.  There is a chance that it could become a tropical depression before it moves inland later today.  This will bring some heavy rain to Tampico, Mexico area, and it will not impact Louisiana.  NHC is giving it a medium chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next few days.

There are a few other tropical waves across the Atlantic.  One of them will come off of Africa this weekend, and that has a medium chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 5 days once it moves over water.

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

Stay cool and have a great weekend! -Dave


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