The heat will build across Acadiana this week while the risk of afternoon storms is expected to remain below normal until the latter part of the weekend.
After a morning start in the low-mid 70s look for mostly sunny skies and a light north winds to easily allow for our temperatures to reach into the lower 90s Tuesday.
Short-term model guidance still suggest the chance of an isolated afternoon storm, with rain chances set to near 20% for Tuesday afternoon.
Rain chances will likely go to 10% or less for the rest of the week as high pressure aloft builds across the region.
As a result temperatures will start to push the mid-90s Wednesday through Friday, but will be limited by any sea breeze closer to the coast and across the coastal parishes.
There should be little overall change in the pattern until the latter part of the weekend into early next week when deeper tropical moisture tries to slip into the region from the Western Gulf for a few days.
See the KATC 10 Day Forecast for the latest.
Meanwhile, the tropics remain quiet with higher moisture content noted in the Northwest Caribbean, which appears to be ear-marked to partially run near the Southeast U.S with a weak low identified today east of Jacksonville, Florida over the next couple of days, and later on perhaps the Western/Southwestern Gulf by the weekend, and early the following week.
Farther out, and surprisingly enough (as it's early in the season), there are a couple of tropical waves in the mid-east tropical Atlantic, but they are surrounded by plenty of limiting African Dust.
In fact, it appears that dust will cross the entire Atlantic and reach the Gulf of Mexico in about a week...and perhaps Louisiana in 9-10 days, which could lead to hazier skies for us down the line!