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Higher Rain Chances Today, Tracking the Tropics

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After a very hot weekend, humidity levels are increasing across Acadiana. This lead to some early morning showers and thunderstorms and will help kick off more storms later this afternoon with daytime heating. Temperatures will still be on the warm side, but not as hot as over the weekend.
Today: Spotty showers and storms. High: 93°
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Muggy. Low: 76°
Tuesday: A few afternoon thunderstorms. High: 92°
We will see increased rain chances Wednesday as a piece of energy in the atmosphere moves through Acadiana and helps kick off showers and thunderstorms. Behind this, a ridge of high pressure will build in and dry out the atmosphere for the end of the week, though a stray storm is possible both Thursday and Friday. By the weekend, an upper level low moves across Acadiana bringing with it an increase in rain chances. Sunday looks to be the wetter day right now. In the tropics, Gabrielle continues to move through open waters as a tropical storm and will have no impact to any land areas. There are two areas that we will need to closely monitor through the next week and a half. The first is currently near the Lesser Antilles. It has a low chance of development at the moment, but models are hinting that this will try to develop into a tropical cyclone possibly later this week as it approaches the Bahamas. From there, the steering pattern gets a little complicated, but the general trend pushes it west to Florida. It’s too early to say if this gets in the Gulf or if it develops at all, but it is certainly something to keep up on through this weekend. The second area is still out in the Atlantic moving west towards the Caribbean. By this weekend, models agree that this will become a tropical storm as it approaches the Caribbean, either entering the Caribbean or moving just to the north. From there, this system will see warm waters and favorable upper level conditions that should allow it to strengthen. Since it is so low in latitude, it will be one that we keep our eye on as it moves west. For now, there is no threat to Acadiana, but we will keep watching!
– Meteorologist Adam Olivier