Posted: Aug 22, 2014 9:39 AM by Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux III
Updated: Aug 22, 2014 7:39 AM
Relatively speaking, we've been on the cool side this year, but with temperatures reaching the upper 90s, we are looking at the hottest weekend of the year thus far. August is typically the hottest month in Louisiana.
An area of high pressure parked right over us will be keeping rain chances low, while raising temperatures and pumping in that extra moisture. That will make it feel a lot hotter than it actually is; more like 105 if not hotter. If you're lucky enough to catch a stray shower, then things should feel more pleasant.
Overall, shower chances are low, but not impossible. About 10% of the area should see showers today and through the weekend. Once that ridge begins to break down, our rain chances should rise as our temperatures fall into the lower 90s.
Watching Invest 96L, an a hurricane hunter aircraft is still scheduled to fly this afternoon. While is is a tad bit more organized, it is still fairly disorganized all together. Most models are now taking it out to sea, or at least the East Coast. Gulf entry can't be 100% ruled out, but most models agree that an upper level trough will help carry this away from the US. Little development is expected over the next few days. We could see it turn into a depression this weekend, but it still has some terrain to move over, and the high Cordillera Central mountains of Hispaniola. I'll be with you throughout the weekend with the latest updates.
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