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Plenty of heat, few showers into the weekend

Posted at 4:42 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 23:29:27-04

Plenty of "pre-summer" heat and the very slight chance of an afternoon thundershower remains in the forecast for Acadiana into the weekend.

Change though, is on the horizon, with a very good chance of primarily daytime scattered showers and storms expected into next week.

In the near term, expect another pleasant evening with temperatures by Thursday morning bottoming out in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

Mostly sunny skies are anticipated for Acadiana's Thursday, but there should be a slightly better chance of an afternoon thundershower at 20%.

Temperatures Thursday will top out in the lower 90s in most areas.

Friday and Saturday will feature plenty of sun, with temperatures pushing 92-93 degrees. Rain chance on those days should be no higher than 10%.

Sunday we should see a change with a general increase in clouds and the chance of scattered afternoon showers & storms.

By Monday our atmospheric moisture content should increase with a good chance of scattered daytime showers and storms likely and continuing at least through Wednesday.

These storms should also hold our high temperatures in the 80s for a few days next week.

Meanwhile, the tropics are quiet, and there will be plenty of African Dust traversing westward across the Atlantic which will all but insure the tropics remain quiet as we finish out the month.

Some of the dust is expected to reach the Gulf by early next week and then enthrall much of the Gulf Coast and Louisiana for several days...and yes this can lead to more picturesque sunsets, but the most likely impacts on our area would be for grayer, less blue, hazier skies which can occasionally make it difficult to even see clouds!

We won't immediate know the dust is here as we're expecting some pretty decent rain chances in the area...but that dust could get an "atmospheric scrub" by our afternoon storms and/or could mitigate some of the rain chances we have in the 10 Day forecast...which is reflected in our current forecast toward the end of next week.

Meanwhile in the Southwest U.S., fires in Arizona are growing rapidly and being fanned by the usual high heat and dry conditions in the region...the smoke from these fires will likely impact most of New Mexico and portions of the Plains States from Texas northward over the next week plus.

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