The Louisiana Bond Commission is scheduled to take up a request on Thursday (Aug. 18) to raise the line of credit for Louisiana Citizens, the state's insurer of last resort, as it is flooded with policies left behind by failed or departing insurers.
Our week got off to a hot start as temperatures climbed back into the lower and middle 90′s for most locations and we can can expect the heat to continue for our Tuesday afternoon as well. High pressure will continue to build overhead and combine that with some Saharan Dust we will experience some hazy skies, which could impact some of the sensitive groups with poor air quality.
Our weekend was a nice one with plenty of sunshine, but it was a hot one as temperatures climbed back into the lower 90′s and once you factored in the humidity it felt more like the triple digits at times. Unfortunately, the pattern doesn’t look to change as we move into the new work week as heat continues to build and that will lead to some of the warmest temperatures we’ve seen this year. You’ll need to stay hydrated with plenty of water as heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be a big factor for those working outdoors.
Our weekend has gotten off to a quiet start as showers and storms have remained off to the east, but our heat continues to build as temperatures have climbed this afternoon. Highs today have managed to reach the lower to middle 90′s and couple that with the humidity the heat index has reached the triple digits and that looks to continue as we head into Sunday. Our main focus will continue to be on the heat and feels like temperatures as you’ll want to stay hydrated over the next several days.
Hopefully we enjoyed the rain we got last week because the trends continue to look drier and drier for Southwest Louisiana over the days ahead when it comes to rain chances. Initially the thought was a weak front would interact with the area by Saturday but that front won’t make it thanks to a relentless upper level ridge of high pressure. The closest storms get will be north and southeast Louisiana, bypassing our area with the only best chance of rain we would see. By next week, the upper-level ridge will rebuild and take away any hope of rain by early next week.
Our cold front has pushed through during the overnight hours and thankfully we didn’t see to much in the way of showers and storms as it moved through. Winds are now turning back out of the north and lowering our dew points, which will give us a comfortable feel for the afternoon, although it will be windy at times. Drier weather will be sticking around for much of the upcoming week as high pressure continues to build ahead.
We’ve started off the weekend with a mixture of sun and clouds, but despite the clouds our temperatures have warmed nicely with most areas back into the lower 80′s. As we work our way towards Easter Sunday our cloud coverage will continue to stick around as we await the arrival of our next cold front, which is set to move in late Sunday evening and into Monday morning.
Clouds and moisture continue to increase this morning as our next system begins to push northward and that could bring us a few showers and storms through the afternoon. Overall the weekend looks to remain decent other than a few showers possible for Saturday morning and the gusty winds we could see during the afternoon, but temperatures will be on the warmer side as a mixture of sun and clouds will be the name of the game.
Our cold front has finally pushed through and has brought some cooler and drier air in for our Thursday, which will lead to plenty of sunshine through the afternoon. The nice weather will be short lived however as winds will turn more easterly this afternoon and eventually more southerly as out next disturbance will lift from the south and bring the chance of a few showers heading into Friday.
We’ll be continuing to watch storms as they move through Southwest Louisiana during the evening hours. There is a slight risk that a couple of storms could produce some damaging wind gusts or even large hail which will be the primary threats of any severe weather we see here locally. The tornado threat remains higher in areas to our north. Storms should be through the entire area by midnight, leaving us with much quieter weather overnight. Temperatures will drop into the 50s by sunrise.