LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Good afternoon! We’re still monitoring the threat for some additional rain and storms this afternoon as the atmosphere is still primed for these to develop. At this point it’s a waiting game as not much has reformed so far across Southwest Louisiana with the large storm complex over the Gulf robbing some energy from the atmosphere and clouds keeping things a bit more stabilized. Those clouds won’t be moving out this afternoon which will still effectively keep temperatures a bit cooler than would normally be the case. For now, we’re still keeping the threat for additional showers and storms over the next few hours, but those chances will fall within a window of time between now and late-afternoon.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms look to reignite on Tuesday with remnants of the upper level disturbance and rain cooled boundaries lingering across the area that will serve as the instigators of more storms to form on Tuesday, mainly during the afternoon hours tomorrow.
Outside of the storms, temperatures will be hot, topping out in the lower 90s with heat index values around 102-104 during the afternoon.
By mid-week, an upper level ridge of high pressure will further strengthen over our area, rearranging the storm track a bit to keep storm complexes away from Southwest Louisiana and limiting the amount and coverage of afternoon thunderstorms to a 20-30%, Thursday through the upcoming weekend.
Friday is the first day of summer and it will live up to its name with highs in the lower to middle 90s and lows at night close to 80!
The tropics remain quiet, and although Gulf water temperatures are plenty warm up to support tropical development, no formation is expected over the next five days largely due to a ridge of high pressure established over most of the Gulf of Mexico.
First Alert Meteorologist Ben Terry