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Indications are that Friday will bring more scattered showers and thunderstorms. For this reason, high temperature forecasts have been pulled down by a degree or two into the low 90s.
Today and Tonight: It will be partly sunny, hot and humid with a high temperature of 94 degrees achieved by early afternoon. As for the showers and thunderstorms, expect about 60 percent of the 13 Parish, 3 County forecast area to receive rain. Action will trigger as early as late morning and move from east to west, producing downpours and frequent lightning. It is possible that showers and storms linger late enough into the afternoon to impact the Baton Rouge area commute, so don't be surprised by some additional drive time delays this evening. Overnight will be mostly clear and muggy with a low in the mid 70s.
Up Next: Into the weekend, typical July weather will persist. Both Saturday and Sunday will be partly sunny and hot with highs in the low to mid 90s. Isolated showers and thunderstorms remain in the mention but will not washout any plans. Any activity will be brief, possibly bringing downpours and frequent lighting before moving along. Of course, keep in mind, if you hear thunder lightning can strike. The safe option is to take a break inside of a study shelter with four walls and roof. Covered patios and carports are not safe. More of the same is expected to begin next week.
Forecast Discussion: The broad upper level ridge responsible for continued heat, humidity and fairly low end rain coverage will begin to back off into the upcoming weekend. A couple of disturbances pinwheeling around the ridge will work through the area on Friday and then again early next week to provide enhanced shower and thunderstorm development. On these days, the area can expect 40-50 percent coverage in showers and thunderstorms, any of which would be capable of producing brief microbursts and frequent lightning. Generally, the next seven days will remain hot, at or a degree or two above average, with partly sunny skies.
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