An area of high pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere will build east from Texas across Louisiana beginning Friday and it will remain in place through Monday of next week. This high will act like a lid on the atmosphere so it will be difficult for the air to rise; and for rain to develop the air most rise. So the chance of rain will be very low through Monday, although I cannot rule out an isolated shower or two so I will keep a 20% chance of rain in the forecast each day. But most areas will not see rain at all. With little rain our temperatures will get warm and humid with highs in the low 90s, but the heat indices will top out near 100 degrees! So if you have outdoor plans this weekend drink plenty of water and try to avoid the hottest part of the day if possible.
A cold front will move south across the country early next week and could be in our area as early as Tuesday of next week, although whether or not it will actually move through Southwest Louisiana remains to be seen. If it makes it through we could see a drop in humidity by the middle of the week; but if it stalls before arriving we will stay warm and muggy with scattered showers each day. And for now I am leaning toward the latter idea and keeping rain in the forecast through Thursday with no change in temperature or humidity. That part of the forecast could change as we get closer to next week so stay tuned for more on that.
The tropics remain quite with no signs of development likely at least through early next week!
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