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Rainy weather is here to stay

Posted: 8:40 AM, Aug 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-30 15:33:25-04

Our weather pattern is not going to change much over the next 5-7 days as an upper level high is parked just off the East Coast with an associated surface high in place over the Appalachian Mountains.

These two features are helping to keep the southeastern flow off the Gulf pushing plenty of moisture over Acadiana to fire off scattered showers and storms each and every afternoon for the next week.

Thus, you can expect about a 50% chance that you will see a passing shower but these are your typical summertime showers, so they should not last long, maybe 30 minutes to an hour and will usually only produce about a tenth to a quarter of an inch of rain, so flooding will not be an issue.

Now, one or two of these showers each afternoon could turn into a thunderstorm with periods of heavy downpours, thunder and lightning and gusty winds up to 30 mph but no severe weather.

The good news is thanks to the additional cloud cover and rain afternoon highs will be a couple degrees below average in the upper 80s and lower 90s depending on how early the scattered showers and storms start each day.

Unfortunately, this pattern will be with us for the Labor day weekend meaning we could have a few scattered showers and storms to interrupt tailgating and maybe the first half of the UL home opener on Saturday.

Also, if you have any other outdoor plans for the holiday weekend you might want to have a back-up plan or at least a place to seek shelter in case a pop-up shower or storm moves over your event but I would not cancel any parties as no day will be a wash out.