Heat, Storms Build into Weekend
Our only relief from the heat will come in the form of early evening storms.
Temperatures return to the 90s for the foreseeable future as we end up on the warm side of a stationary front to the north. Warm, southwesterly breezes will help dew points climb well into the 70s, which could make for triple-digit heat indices. With the heat and humidity inevitably comes late afternoon/early evening storms, which could cool us off a bit quicker as the sun begins to set. Expect these storms to be widespread at times, particularly during the evening commute, before slowly dissipating overnight. We should leave the storms behind on Sunday, although the heat will stick around.
Tropical Storm Barry is continuing its intensification trend and could become a hurricane just before it makes landfall along the Louisiana coast sometime Saturday. It should be noted, however, that the distinction between a strong tropical storm and a weak Category 1 hurricane is moot, and that the main threat for those impacted will almost certainly be heavy rainfall and storm surge. 10-20″ of rain is in the forecast for the southern portions of the Bayou State, with local amounts climbing even higher. This is a very serious situation for leveed communities around the Mississippi River, as they have received several inches of rain already and the river is expect to crest near record levels. Expect Barry to weaken quickly after landfall and become a remnant low by the end of the weekend.
Tonight: Storms early, isolated chance overnight. Low: 73. Wind: SW 6 mph
Saturday: Mostly sunny, PM isolated storms. High: 93. Wind: W 6 mph
Saturday Night: Storms early, isolated chance overnight. Low: 74. Wind: SW 5-10 mph
Sunday: Partly sunny. High: 93. Wind: NW 5-7 mph