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Oppressive heat continues across Southeast Louisiana, Arthur getting stronger

Short Term Forecast:  We will have another very warm and muggy night across Southeast Louisisna with partly cloudy skies.  There is a small chance (10%) for a coastal shower overnight.  Lows will be in the upper 70s.   

Oppressive Heat:  More heat and high humidity is on tap for Wednesday.  We will have a little more moisture to work with in the atmosphere, so there is a small chance for some stray showers/storms in the afternoon/evening.  Highs will be around 93, but it will feel like 95-105! 

There is a better chance for rain on Thursday as a cold front moves into Louisiana from the north.  This front will not cool us down, but it will help to set off scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Some heavy rain will be possible.  Highs will be in the lower 90s.

4th of July Weekend:  The front will stall and dissipate along the Louisiana Coast on Friday through the weekend.  Some drier air will filter in behind the front, and that will limit the amount of rain we will see for the 4th of July weekend.  It will be hot with highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s. 

Tropical Update: Tropical Storm Arthur remains off the East Coast of Florida.  Winds have increased to 50 mph and it is forecast to get stronger over the next few days. 

The forecast track has Arthur turning west then north then northeast over the next few days along the coast of Florida.  This would take it right along the East Coast of the U.S.  It is also forecast to become a weak hurricane on Thursday off the Carolinas and track over the North Carolina Outer Banks on the 4th of July.  Then Arthur will track up the East Coast toward Nova Scotia.  It is expected to bring high surf and squalls.

This system will not impact Louisiana, and it is not a threat to the Gulf of Mexico.

For tropical information including Gulf winds, temperatures and radar as well as storm trackers and spaghetti plots, click here.


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