LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Our stormy scenario continues for another afternoon, with the best rain chances for Southwest Louisiana continuing through the late afternoon in the form of scattered thunderstorms. These storms will again have the capability of producing cloud-to-ground lightning, briefly heavy downpours and gusty winds. Remember to go indoors when you hear thunder, as you are close enough to get struck, even if the storm has yet to arrive over your location.
Storms should wind down later this afternoon and evening with another warm and sultry night ahead with lows in the upper 70s. The main focus for our daily storms is a stalled front to our north and will begin its final departure tomorrow but not before bringing one more round of scattered thunderstorms. Models are focusing the best rain chances on Wednesday across the northern part of Southwest Louisiana, especially Vernon, Beauregard and Allen parishes by the afternoon.
Moving into the rest of the week, rain chances take a back seat as an upper level ridge of high pressure strengthens and intensifies the heat as temperatures take a run at the middle to even upper 90s through the upcoming weekend. The biggest problem though will be the heat index as high levels of humidity will combine to send the feels like temperatures up above 105 during the afternoon.
An update on the tropics shows that not much is expected to develop, although an area of low pressure moving off the coast of Georgia into the Atlantic does have a 40% chance of development off the coast of the Carolinas over the next five days. There are no threats to the Gulf of Mexico or to Southwest Louisiana over the next week.
First Alert Meteorologist Ben Terry