The heat continues to build in Acadiana today. With high pressure in control, clouds will be harder to come by and so will rain chances. This means that highs will reach the mid 90s this afternoon in most areas. Add in the humidity and at times it will feel more like 105°+ today. Some Saharan dust will also mix in to help dry out the atmosphere and give the sky a hazier look. Tonight will be a typical summer night with muggy air settling in and temperatures only falling into the upper 70s. A few clouds will pass overhead at times.
Today: Partly cloudy. Hot and humid. Feels like temperature at times 100° or greater. High: 93°
Tonight: A few passing clouds. Very muggy. Low: 76°
Thursday: Sun and clouds mixed. Very hot and humid. Feels like temperatures 105° or greater. High: 94°
We’ll see another dry day Thursday as temperatures climb into the mid 90s once again. The feels like temperature at times will be around 105° or higher. No rain is expected Thursday. Rain chances increase Friday and through the July 4th weekend as a front stalls across Acadiana. This will lead to widespread showers and thunderstorms at times. By Sunday, an area of low pressure is expected to develop along the front. Depending on where it forms on the front, this could increase rain chances even more for Acadiana. Numerous showers and thunderstorms continue into early next week.
The tropics have gone quiet today, but we will need to closely monitor the weak front through next week. The area of low pressure that is likely to form on the front is expected to move out into the Atlantic next week. Models indicate it will try to strengthen into a tropical cyclone off the East Coast as it moves into the open waters of the Atlantic. Beyond that, other areas of low pressure could also form along the stalled front near Acadiana. These will need to be monitored as time goes on if the front happens to slide into the Gulf. Something to keep an eye on, but nothing to worry about.
– Meteorologist Adam Olivier