Posted: Aug 6, 2012 1:02 PM by Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum
Updated: Aug 6, 2012 1:02 PM
Source: WBRZ Weather Center
Be sure to take your umbrella with you as you head out the door this afternoon. We will have a sun and cloud mix with scattered to numerous thunderstorms popping up. This is all due to a stalled cold front just north of Louisiana, an upper-level low in the Western Gulf and a tropical wave/low moving along the Florida Coast toward Louisiana. Some of the storms could become strong with gusty winds, heavy rain and frequent lightning strikes. High temperatures will be in the lower 90s before the storms move into Baton Rouge, and the heat index will be around 105.
The showers and storms will continue into the evening hours. Temperatures will be in the 80s where it is raining and around 90 where it is dry.
We will have mostly cloudy skies with a few lingering showers tonight. Lows will fall to the mid 70s.
Tropical Update: Ernesto is getting stronger and could become a hurricane later tonight. It is located about 160 miles ENE of Cabo Gracias A Dios on the Nicaragua/Honduras border. Winds are up to 65 mph and the pressure is down to 996 mb. Ernesto is moving to the WNW at 12 mph. It is still forecast to make landfall as a hurricane near Belize on Wednesday.
Be sure to watch Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum's latest video forecast for details on the storms and Tropical Storm Ernesto.