FIRST ALERT SUNRISE FORECAST: Our Hot and Dry Pattern Continues Through the Week

Even warmer ahead today-Thursday
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Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 4:06 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2022 at 6:51 AM CDT
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Wednesday headlines(KPLC)

Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Our summer weather pattern continues to be in full swing this week. Upper-level high pressure continues to dominate the Southern United States, meaning warm temperatures and dry weather will continue throughout the week. Wednesday will be no exception to this. We’re expecting temperatures to rise into the mid 90′s for highs and fall into the low 70′s for lows. With dew points Wednesday afternoon still in the upper 60′s, that will make for quite a muggy feel. This weather looks to continue at least through the end of the work week. There are signs the high-pressure system may begin to break down this weekend, though temperatures should still be above normal in the 90s (88 normal). Next week Monday, a “cold” front may approach the area, which could bring somewhat cooler temperatures as well. With that would come the possibility of less humid weather as well.

We took it up a notch Tuesday. 93° for Lake Charles. Expect a hot, humid, and rain-free day again today. 96°. Dew points will be somewhat high again today. A dry “cool” front will pass Friday (a bit drier air). It looks like another cool front will pass next Monday moderating us a bit.

We are feeling warm this morning already. Lake Charles 71. Dew point 70. Patchy fog across the area. Expect to run your wipers this morning.

Our “Umbrellacast” has a minimal chance for rain, even isolated. Any rain yesterday was east near New Orleans. Models want to show light amounts in southern Cameron and Vermillion Parish.

Rain chances
Rain chances(KPLC)

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.

Rainfall amounts
Rainfall amounts(KPLC)

Tropical storm development has picked up. The Atlantic has Category 4 (Major) Hurricane Fiona. Fiona is 100 miles north of Caicos Island. Movement north at 8 mph. Fiona is packing 130 mph winds (as of 1 AM central).

Hurricane Fiona
Hurricane Fiona(KPLC)

A mostly sunny-partly cloudy-hot day is ahead for your Wednesday. Dry as far as rain for the day. Temperatures in the 70s to start the morning, 75 by 8 AM. 88 by 11 am. 91 by noon. A high around 96. 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 100-105° this afternoon.

"Feels like" temperature
"Feels like" temperature(KPLC)

Thursday: mostly sunny and a high of 98. The record for that date is 100.

Friday: mostly sunny and a high of 96.

Friday Night Football: Partly cloudy. Near 90 degrees at kick-off. 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.

*Cool front likely to pass

Next Monday: Sunny with a 20% chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm, and a high of 91.

Tuesday: Sunny and pleasant, with a high of 86.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny with a high of 86.

-Meteorologist Jeff Andrews

*Today in weather history (9/21)

1938 - A great hurricane smashed into Long Island and bisected New England causing a massive forest blowdown and widespread flooding. Winds gusted to 186 mph at Blue Hill MA, and a storm surge of nearly thirty feet caused extensive flooding along the coast of Rhode Island. The hurricane killed 600 persons and caused 500 million dollars in damage. The hurricane, which lasted twelve days, destroyed 275 million trees. The hardest hit were Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Long Island NY. The “”Long Island Express”” produced gargantuan waves with its 150 mph winds, waves that smashed against the New England shore with such force that earthquake-recording machines on the Pacific coast clearly showed the shock of each wave. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel)

1954 - The temperature at Deeth, NV, soared from a morning low of 12 degrees to a high of 87 degrees, a record daily warm-up for the state. (The Weather Channel)

1987 - Tropical Storm Emily, which formed in the Caribbean the previous afternoon, caused considerable damage to the banana industry of Saint Vincent in the Windward Islands. Unseasonably hot weather continued in Florida and the western U.S. Redding CA and Red Bluff CA, with record highs of 108 degrees, tied for honors as the hot spot in the nation. (The National Weather Summary)

1988 - Thunderstorms produced high winds and locally heavy rain in the southwestern U.S. One thunderstorm in west Texas produced wind gusts to 86 mph at Dell City completely destroying an airport hangar. A Cessna 150 aircraft housed within the hangar was flipped over and snapped in two. Thunderstorms produced large hail in east-central Utah, while snow blanketed some of the higher elevations of the state. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

1989 - Hurricane Hugo slammed into the South Carolina coast at about 11 PM, making landfall near Sullivans Island. Hurricane Hugo was directly responsible for thirteen deaths, and indirectly responsible for twenty-two others. A total of 420 persons were injured in the hurricane, and damage was estimated at eight billion dollars, including two billion dollars in damage to crops. Sustained winds reached 85 mph at Folly Beach SC, with wind gusts as high was 138 mph. Wind gusts reached 98 mph at Charleston, and 109 mph at Shaw AFB. The biggest storm surge occurred in the McClellanville and Bulls Bay area of Charleston County, with a storm surge of 20.2 feet reported at Seewee Bay. Shrimp boats were found one-half mile inland at McClellanville. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)