Drier Weekend Ahead, Tropics Remain Active

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Our skies will stay cloud filled through the day today with a few light showers through the morning hours. A few peaks of sun are possible throughout the day which will help to bounce temperatures into the upper 80s later this afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms will scatter around the area later this afternoon.
Today: Scattered afternoon showers and storms. High: 88°
Tonight: Mostly cloudy skies early, clearing late. Low: 73°
Saturday: Spotty showers and storms in the afternoon. High: 90°
Sunday: A stray storm. Lots of sunshine. High: 91°
Drier air moves in to Acadiana through the weekend, cutting rain chances and bringing sunshine back. Highs will climb back above 90 tomorrow. Monday begins the official start of fall. Unfortunately, no one has informed our local weather of that, so summer looks to stay locked in for the time being. In the tropics, Humberto is no longer tropical, but it is a powerful area of low pressure out in the Atlantic. It will weaken through the next few days as it is absorbed into the jet stream. Jerry is a category two hurricane currently, but should weaken to a category one in the coming days. It will continue to move just north of the Lesser Antilles and looks to turn out to sea by Monday. There are three other areas we are monitoring in the tropics. The first is a weak area of low pressure in the Caribbean south of Hispaniola. It is battling wind shear and is not expected to do much. It has a low chance of developing over the next few days. Behind this system, a tropical wave in the central will continue moving westward. As it approaches the Caribbean, environmental conditions look to improve to possibly allow for development, though it’s still only a low chance that this develops in the next five days. Finally, a vigorous disturbance is located over Africa. As it emerges over the Atlantic, it looks poised to develop into a tropical system. The hurricane center already is giving this area a 60% chance of becoming a tropical system in the next five days. We will watch all of these closely!
– Meteorologist Adam Olivier