FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Summer weather for Southwest Louisiana
Likely through the weekend
Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Summer is returning to the area for the week ahead. An upper-level high-pressure system is starting to establish itself across the Southern US as of Monday afternoon. It will strengthen over the next couple of days, leading to a warming trend into the week. High temperatures will start to climb into the mid-90′s Tuesday into Wednesday, before they look to increase into the upper-90′s for the area by Thursday into Friday. Low temperatures Monday into Tuesday will be closer to normal in the low 70′s, but we will also have some mugginess to deal with. The high-pressure system will ensure a lack of shower and storm activity takes place as well. Unfortunately, this will also mean heat indices come back into play. With highs in the 90′s and dew points in the upper 60′s to low 70′s, that will mean it will feel like close to, or at, triple digits by later in the week. As we head closer to the weekend, the high pressure may start weakening a little bit, which may allow slightly better chance for rain. With that being said, temperatures should still stick around 90 with low rain chances remaining.
We had skies cloud up quite a bit at times on Monday. We still got pretty hot, especially for late September. Expect a hot, humid and rain-free day again. Dew points will be somewhat high today. Several folks have asked, “do we have a cool front coming soon”? It looks like a cool front will pass next Monday. Ugh (not until then?)!
We are feeling warm this morning already. Temperatures and dewpoints in the 70s.
Lake Charles hit 92° yesterday. Highs today look to be near 94 for Lake Charles, 94 for Dequincy, 95 for Deridder and Oakdale. 89 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 major Hurricane Fiona. Fiona is near the Dominican Republic and has wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico. Fiona is moving northwest at 8 mph. Winds are now around 115 mph. The current track takes it to near Bermuda by Thursday.
A sunny and hot day is ahead for your Tuesday. Dry this morning, in fact, dry this afternoon. Temperatures in the 70s to start the morning, 75 by 8 AM. 83 after 11 am. Mid-80s to near 90 by noon. A high around 94. 95 further north for Deridder and Oakdale. 71 degrees tonight under partly cloudy to clear skies and light winds. East winds this afternoon 5-10 mph.
Our heat index has us feeling like around 95-100° this afternoon.
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 97.
Friday night Football: Partly cloudy. Near 90 degrees at kick-off. 80s around game’s-end.
Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high of 95.
Sunday: Sunny with a 20% chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorms. A high of 91.
*Cool front likely to pass
Next Monday: Sunny with a 30% chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm, and a high of 90.
Tuesday: Sunny with a high of 93.
-Meteorologist Jeff Andrews
*Today in weather history (9/20)
1926 - A hurricane that hit Miami, FL, on the 18th, pounded Pensacola with wind gusts to 152 mph. Winds raged in excess of 100 mph for four hours, and above 75 mph for 20 hours. (The Weather Channel)
1967 - Hurricane Beulah moved into South Texas, and torrential rains from the hurricane turned the rich agricultural areas of South Texas into a large lake. Hurricane Beulah also spawned a record 115 tornadoes. (David Ludlum)
1983 - The temperature at West Yellowstone MT plunged to six degrees below zero, while the temperature at San Francisco CA soared to 94 degrees. (The Weather Channel)
1987 - Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in Oklahoma and west Texas. In Oklahoma, a thunderstorm at Seiling produced three inches of rain in one hour, golf ball size hail, and wind gusts to 60 mph which collapsed a tent at the state fair injuring nine persons. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
1988 - Showers and thunderstorms produced locally heavy rains in central Wyoming, and snow in some of the higher elevations. Casper WY reported 1.75 inches of rain in 24 hours, and a thunderstorm north of the Wild Horse Reservoir produced 1.90 inches of rain in just forty minutes.
1989 - Hugo jilted Iris. Hurricane Hugo churned toward the South Atlantic Coast, gradually regaining strength along the way. Tropical Storm Iris got too close to Hugo, and began to weaken. A cold front brought strong and gusty winds to the Great Basin and the Southern Plateau Region, with wind gusts to 44 mph reported at Kingman AZ. (The National Weather Summary)
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