The weather pattern from the weekend, won't be changing much as we start a new work week, but some changes are expected in a few days. Monday has started with generally fair skies. There are a few showers and storms along the coast, a few of these have made it inland over Iberia and St. Mary parishes during the pre dawn hours. Expect the coastal activity to continue through the morning, then gradually move inland as we gain some daytime heating. Temperatures should reach the lower 90s before afternoon storms start rolling in. We'll see about the same coverage that we were seeing over the weekend. The showers and storms will be slow movers, so you could get a decent downpour if you're under one of these. Most of the action will wind down during the evening, and skies will become fair again overnight. Tuesday and Wednesday look the same with highs both days near 91.
A ridge of high pressure from the west will build eastward later this week. This should shut down most of the afternoon storms. Without the cloudiness and rains, temperatures will climb back into the low to mid 90s with heat index values in the 105-107 range. Rain chances will stay at 20% or less Thursday into the weekend. The ridge should hold at least through Saturday. There are hints that we'll return to a wetter period sometime next week.
The tropics we're looking interesting last week, but anything being watched has diminished as of Monday morning. There are a few tropical waves out there, but none looking interesting today. The National Hurricane Center is basically giving the all clear for the next four or five days! Great news since early August usually is more active.