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Late July weather continues into Friday; slightly higher rain chances for the weekend

Posted at 4:05 PM, Jul 30, 2020

Typical late July weather will persist into Friday while rain chances come up a bit for the weekend.

The summer weather is in full swing across Acadiana and we saw that firsthand through the day on Thursday.

Low temperatures tonight and into Friday morning will drop back into the mid 70s under fair skies.

The upper ridge that is sitting in the Gulf of Mexico and kept us relatively dry on Thursday will continue to dominate our forecast heading into Friday. Expect similar conditions as most of us stay dry again and high temperatures top out in the lower 90s. Heat indices will sit in the lower 100s.

An upper trough sitting in the plains currently will start to dig toward the south by late tomorrow and into the weekend. This may help to generate a few showers by late tomorrow evening (mainly for northern Acadiana) and then perhaps lead to a few more scattered storms throughout the weekend. We are not looking at a washout or anything like that, so good news there!

Very August-like weather will look to shape up for the majority of next week as high temperatures will be in the lower 90s while rain chances sit at around 20-30%. Y'all have a good day!

In the tropics: Not much has changed with the thinking and future of Tropical Storm Isaias out in the Caribbean Sea. The upper trough that will be digging in across the SE U.S. by the weekend will help to lift this system to the north and essentially keep it between that trough and the Bermuda high out in the Atlantic. In simplest terms, this storm is not likely to enter the Gulf of Mexico nor be a threat to us here in Acadiana. Certainly good news here, but tropical storm impacts (weak hurricane) impacts are likely to be felt in Florida and through the eastern seaboard in the coming days.

Elsewhere in the tropics, things are fairly quiet with the exception of a tropical wave way out in the Atlantic. It currently has a medium chance to develop but models are not doing a whole lot with this system and we have plenty of time to watch.