FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Hot days continue this week, but some relief is finally in sight
Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Today is the start of Autumn, but only by the calendar, as some of the hottest weather of the week settles in with afternoon highs in the upper 90s. This comes thanks to a strong ridge of high pressure over the region also keeps rain out of the forecast.
A front will arrive by early Monday with little to no rain, but humidity levels will drop next week and that will mean cooler nights with lows back into the 70s. Next week looks to remain dry with sunshine and highs in the 80s, closer to average for this time of year.
The main concern is obviously the tropics, where an area of new development is possible over the southeastern Caribbean Sea over the next few days. Most computer models show this eventually becoming a threat to the Gulf of Mexico by next week, so it’s something we’ll certainly have to continue to monitor closely over the coming days.
We took it up a notch again Wednesday. 94° for the Lake Charles high temperature. Expect a hot, humid, and rain-free day again today. A high of 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. The front could spark our next rain chance. The front will likely moderate our temperatures a bit too for next week.
We are feeling warm this morning already. Mainly mid-70s with dewpoints around 70. Less patchy fog across the area for this morning.
Our “Umbrellacast” has a minimal chance for rain, even isolated. Models want to show light amounts in Vermillion Parish and near New Orleans this afternoon.
Futurecast is showing little measurable rain even regionally. We will see some cloud cover at times. The Weather Prediction Center barely has any measurable rain for the region the next week. Zero for the KPLC7 viewing area. Generally, less than .25″ along the Gulf and .10″ tops elsewhere.
Tropical storm development has picked up. The Atlantic has Category 4 (Major) Hurricane Fiona. Fiona is 545 miles SW of Bermuda. Movement north at 10 mph. Fiona is packing 130 mph winds (as of 1 AM central). Invest 98-L, located a couple hundred miles west of Trinidad/Tobago, could impact the Gulf.
A mostly sunny-partly cloudy-hot day is ahead for your Thursday. Dry as far as rain for the day. Temperatures in the 70s to start the morning, 91 by 11 am. 93 by noon. A high around 96. 97 further north for Deridder and Oakdale. East winds this afternoon 5-10 mph.
Our heat index has us feeling like around 100-105° this afternoon.
73 degrees tonight under partly cloudy to clear skies and light winds.
Friday: mostly sunny and a high of 96.
Friday Night for the Block Party and football: Mainly clear. 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 95.
*Cool front likely to pass
Next Monday: Sunny and a high of 92.
Tuesday: Sunny and pleasant, with a high of 89.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny with a high of 87.
Thursday: mostly sunny and a high of 87.
-Meteorologist Jeff Andrews
*Today in weather history (9/22)
1961 - Hurricane Esther made a near complete circle south of Cape Cod. The hurricane then passed over Cape Cod and hit Maine. Its energy was largely spent over the North Atlantic Ocean, however, heavy rains over Maine resulted in widespread local flooding of cellars, low roads, and underpasses. (David Ludlum)
1983 - Forty-one cities reported record cold temperatures during the morning. Houston, TX, hit 50 degrees, and Williston ND plunged to 19 degrees. (The Weather Channel)
1987 - Hurricane Emily, the first hurricane to roam the Carribean in nearly six years, made landfall over the Dominican Republic late in the day, packing 125 mph winds. Emily killed three persons and caused thirty million dollars damage. A record high of 92 degrees at Miami FL was their fifth in a row. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)
1988 - An early morning thunderstorm produced baseball size hail at Plainview, in Hale County TX. Late in the evening more thunderstorms in the Southern High Plains Region produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Plainview TX and Crosby TX. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)
1989 - Hurricane Hugo quickly lost strength over South Carolina, but still was a tropical storm as it crossed into North Carolina, just west of Charlotte, at about 7 AM. Winds around Charlotte reached 69 mph, with gusts to 99 mph. Eighty percent of the power was knocked out to Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Property damage in North Carolina was 210 million dollars, and damage to crops was 97 million dollars. The strongest storm surge occurred along the southern coast shortly after midnight, reaching nine feet above sea level at ocean Isle and Sunset Beach. Hugo killed one person and injured fifteen others in North Carolina. Strong northwesterly winds ushered unseasonably cold air into the north central U.S., in time for the official start of autumn, at 8″ 20 PM (CDT). Squalls produced light snow in northern Wisconsin. Winds in Wisconsin gusted to 52 mph at Rhinelander. (Storm Data) (The Nati
2005 - For the first time in the historical record, two hurricanes reached category-5 intensity in the Gulf of Mexico in a single season as Hurricane Rita intensified before making landfall (Katrina and Rita).
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