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Hot, dry and a little dusty again; rain chances ramp up for the weekend

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Posted at 5:43 PM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 23:33:34-04

Typical summer heat, humidity and the return of some haze is expected for Acadiana through mid-week, before rain chances begin to head upward Friday into the holiday weekend.

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In the near time look for another hot couple of days through Thursday with daytime highs pushing into the lower 90s accompanied by increasing heat indices into the 101-106 degree range especially for Wednesday and Thursday.

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Rain chances on any given day should remain in the 1`0% or less range through Thursday.

Overnight lows will stay planted in the steamy mid-upper 70s through Friday morning.

After a reprise from the Saharan Dust this weekend, it appears that more dust/haze is on the way for Acadiana, especially for Wednesday and Thursday, but could return as early as late Tuesday.

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This dust and subsequent haze for Acadiana should not be as thick nor as intense as the last round we experienced late last week.

Moving toward the weekend, a weak trough of low pressure (and an upper atmospheric weakness) will settle southward to our region (pushing the dust back to the south into the Gulf) and should allow for a good chance of scattered storms to develop by Friday afternoon.

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Rain chances look to continue to be on the higher side into the weekend with prospects of the chance of storms in the 60% range. Elevated rain chances look to continue into early next week.

Now while there is no current guidance that yields more than a couple of inches of rain in a few isolated spots over the next week plus, one well placed storm in this pattern could leave 3-5" in a very short period of time. So we'll be on the look-out for that in the days ahead, especially when rain chance shoot upward.

See the KATC 10 Day forecast for the latest.

Meanwhile in the tropics, the National Hurricane Center is monitoring two areas in the Atlantic Basin that are not expected to develop nor impact any land areas...one off of the East Coast of the U.S. which is expected to move out to sea, and another weak wave east of the Caribbean that will likely encounter hostile upper atmospheric winds.

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In a nutshell, we do not foresee any real trouble areas for the next week or two,

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