FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Summer heat is ahead this week
Little rain expected
Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - We are in a very dry and hot pattern here in Southwest Louisiana. After isolated storms Sunday, upper-level high pressure will start to build over the area today. This will help reduce any showers and storms that pop up Monday and continue the warming trend of our high temperatures. Highs should reach into the low 90′s for today, with lows around the low 70′s. With dew points during the afternoon that will hang around 70 degrees, that will also make Monday a muggy start to the week. High pressure will help lower our rain chances even further, and we likely won’t have to worry about rain this week. In addition, we will likely see high temperatures rise into the mid 90′s later during the week.
We are coming off a hot and mainly dry weekend. We had skies cloud up at times Sunday, even an isolated thunderstorm. Expect a hot, humid and rain-free day for today. Dew points will be high today.
We are feeling warm this morning already. Temperatures in the 80s and dewpoints in the 70s.
Lake Charles hit 91° yesterday. Highs today look to be near 92 for Lake Charles, 92 for Dequincy, and Oakdale 94. 87 today for Cameron. Our “feels-like” will be likely 5° on top of that.
Our “Umbrellacast” has a minimal chance for rain, even isolated. The Gulf shore in Cameron Parish would be the spot if we were to get activity.
With the higher dewpoints, and temperatures to match, there will be some patchy fog this morning and you will likely be using the wipers.
Futurecast is showing little measurable rain even regionally. We will see some cloud cover at times. The WPC barely has any measurable rain for the region the next week. Generally less than .25″ along the Gulf and .10″ tops elsewhere.
The storm development in the Gulf is very minimal. The Atlantic has Hurricane Fiona. Fiona is near Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) moving northwest at 8 mph. Winds around 90 mph. Fiona is expected to be a category 3 within 48 hours. The current track takes it to near Bermuda within 4 days.
A sunny and hot day is ahead for your Monday. Dry this morning, in fact, dry this afternoon. Temperatures in the 70s to start the morning, 75 by 8 AM. 83 after 10 am. The mid-80s to near 90 by noon. A high around 92. 94 further north for Deridder and Oakdale. 72 degrees tonight under partly cloudy to clear skies and light winds. East winds today 5-10 mph.
Our heat index has us feeling like around 95-100° this afternoon.
Tuesday: Sunny with a high of 93.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny with a high of 97.
Thursday: mostly sunny and a high of 98. The record for that date is 100.
Friday: mostly sunny and a high of 95.
Friday Night Football: Partly cloudy. Near 90 degrees at kick-off. The 80s around game’s-end.
Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high of 94.
Sunday: Sunny with a 20% chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorms. A high of 93.
Next Monday: Sunny with a 20% chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm, and a high of 90.
-Meteorologist Jeff Andrews
*Today in weather history (9/19)
1947 - The eye of a hurricane passed directly over New Orleans, and the barometric pressure dipped to 28.61 inches. The hurricane killed fifty-one persons and caused 110 million dollars in damage. It produced wind gusts to 155 mph while making landfall over Fort Lauderdale FL two days earlier. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel)
1967 - Hurricane Beulah deluged Brownsville, TX, with 12.19 inches of rain in 24 hours, to establish a record for that location. Hurricane Beulah made landfall on the 20th near the mouth of the Rio Grande River, where a wind gust to 135 mph was reported by a ship in the port. (19th-20th) (The Weather Channel)
1987 - Cool autumn-like weather invaded the Central Rockies. Temperatures dipped into the 30s and 40s, with readings in the teens and 20s reported in the higher elevations. Gunnison CO was the cold spot in the nation with a morning low of 15 degrees. (The National Weather Summary)
1988 - Thunderstorms developing along a fast-moving cold front produced severe weather in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Eight tornadoes were reported, including five in Indiana. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 74 mph at Wabash IND. Winds associated with the cold front itself gusted to 69 mph at Kenosha WI. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
1989 - Showers and thunderstorms produced heavy rain in the Middle and Northern Atlantic Coast Region. Cape Hatteras NC was deluged with nearly 3.50 inches of rain in three hours. Syracuse NY reported 1.77 inches of rain, a record for the date, and Chatham NJ reported an all-time record of 3.45 inches in one day. Hurricane Hugo headed for the Bahamas, and Tropical Storm Iris, following close on its heels, strengthened to near hurricane force. (The National Weather Summary)
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