The heat continues across Acadiana today. A few clouds will provide some shade, but little relief from hot temperatures. No rain is expected this afternoon with very dry conditions throughout the atmosphere. We will likely come just short of tying a record in Lafayette today.
Today: Hot and dry. A few passing clouds. Near record warmth (old record 101°). High: 98°
Tonight: Clear. Muggy. Low: 76°
Saturday: Hot and dry. Near record warmth (old record 100°). High: 98°
Sunday: Hot and dry. Clouds build in the afternoon. Near record warmth (old record 99°). High: 97°
The heat ridge that is keeping it toasty in Acadiana will continue to hang around through the weekend. Highs will be in the upper 90s and we could see a HEAT ADVISORY issued for the feels like temperature reaching 108° to 112°. Remember to stay cool this weekend, hydrate, and take plenty breaks! The ridge start to break down early next week thanks to an upper level low moving into Texas. It will increase humidity levels and also bring in more clouds and a few chances at rain late Monday afternoon. Temperatures will still reach the mid 90s. A few more chances at rain through midweek before the ridge builds back and dries us out once again. Dorain continues to scrape the East Coast. Dorian officially made landfall at 9 am eastern time (8 am here in Acadiana) as a category 1 hurricane. This is the first landfall on the mainland U.S. after it devastated the Bahamas. Dorian will move up through the Canadian Maritimes this weekend as a category 1 hurricane. Gabrielle has become post-tropical, meaning it has lost its tropical characteristics. It is expected to regain tropical status over the weekend as it moves out to sea. The swirl near Bermuda has a 0% chance of development and it will continue moving out to sea. A system near the Lesser Antilles has a low chance of development as it moves northward into the open Atlantic. The wave near Africa has a high chance of development as it moves westward. It is no threat to land now, but we will have to follow it closely as models bring it near the Caribbean as a tropical systems by the end of next week.
– Meteorologist Adam Olivier