FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Morning showers move out by afternoon as the haze thickens today

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A few morning showers but the clouds and haze linger all day
UPDATE: Hour by hour rain chances today
UPDATE: Hour by hour rain chances today (Source: KPLC)

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - As of 8:00 a.m., showers continue to remain on the light side that move through Southwest Louisiana with the heaviest storms staying up near Jasper and Toledo Bend Reservoir.

The best chances of rain will come before the noon hour with cloudy and hazy skies this afternoon as the Saharan Dust thickens up. The remainder of the afternoon will bring less rain but some of the haziest conditions as the thickest part of the dust moves into Southwest Louisiana.

Air Quality Action Day for Friday
Air Quality Action Day for Friday (Source: KPLC)

An Air Quality Action Day has been issued until this evening for the particulates that could cause some respiratory distress in sensitive groups of people with underlying lung or respiratory disease or who are prone to asthma attacks. The dust plume begins to become less concentrated over the area this weekend, also being mixed out of the atmosphere by the return of scattered thunderstorms during the afternoon hours of both Saturday and Sunday.

Weekend Forecast
Weekend Forecast (Source: KPLC)

These storms will be capable of cloud to ground lightning, so make sure to head indoors when thunder roars and have the KPLC weather app to track the storms. Our daily summertime scenario of a few thunderstorms during the afternoon will continue into next week, although lower chances of daily storms look to come by the middle part of next week. Daily highs around 90 with lows at night in the upper 70s. Scattered afternoon thunderstorms return as well for the following weekend.

First Alert Meteorologist Ben Terry

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