Aug 18, 2014 4:43 PM by Rob Perillo
Climatologically-speaking, Acadiana is in the hottest part of summer, and the local atmosphere looks to oblige with perhaps the hottest readings of the year likely into this weekend.
A ridge of high pressure over the Eastern Gulf of Mexico will slowly build northwestward and expand over Louisiana by later this week.
This ridge will produce more atmospheric sinking motion reducing rain chances and cloud cover Friday into the weekend.
And due to the expansiveness of the ridge, some of the hottest readings of the summer will be likely.
Daytime highs will climb into the mid-upper 90s this weekend with some triple digit readings possible in the northern Acadiana Parishes.
There will be no relief from our usual dew points/humidity so heat indices that have been in the 100-104F degree range will likely increase to 102-107F by the end of the week and then possibly reaching the 105-110F mark this weekend, perhaps into early next week.
In the near term expect highs in the low-mid 90s through Thursday with rain chances staying in the 20-30% range. By the weekend, rain chances should decrease to 10% or less.
Meanwhile, the Atlantic tropics overall remain very quiet with weak disturbances located in the SW Gulf and the mid-tropical Atlantic. No significant Atlantic systems are foreseen over the next week to 10 days.
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