Posted: Jul 7, 2013 4:29 PM by Daniel Phillips
Tropical moisture has been responsible for much needed rainfall in Acadiana over the last few days, and that moisture will hang around for the start of the work week as well. Showers have been moving in offshore, and will continue to do so through Monday and Tuesday.
As the week goes on conditions will slowly settle down and return to a more typical summer pattern. Meaning heat and humidity will be back accompanied by scattered afternoon showers by mid week.
Showers on Monday will be similar to the showers we have seen this weekend, relatively short lived but at times providing heavy downpours. A few of the storms have stalled and can produce locally very heavy rain which can lead to water pooling up on low lying roadways. Remember never try to drive your car through flooded roads.
Temperatures will be warming up as well with highs making it back into the low 90s by midweek with heat indexes pushing the upper 90s.
Hurricane season is starting to heat up and there are some stirrings in the Atlantic. As of Sunday we have our eyes on what is being called Invest-95. This system is expected to develop into a tropical system, however, as early as Monday.
Currently Invest-95 has a center of circulation, but hasn't yet been able to get the bottom part of the storm to develop. A possible hindrance in the formation of our third tropical system is some dry air moving into the Atlantic off the coast of Africa.
If this dry air gets mixed in, the life of Invest-95 could be short lived. Current thinking puts the storm in the Lesser Antilles on Tuesday, before beginning to twist north. As always how it interacts with the islands of the easter Caribbean will be important in determining whether or not it heads into the Gulf of Mexico. As of Sunday I think it will move up the Atlantic coast, but that is still almost a week away so changes will almost certainly becoming to the forecast.