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Some storms around Monday; Heat indices present bigger issue

Posted at 4:41 PM, Aug 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-30 23:40:02-04

Another very uncomfortable evening and night is in store for Acadiana as lows struggle to fall back into the mid and upper 70s.

Monday will continue to feel like summer as highs settle into the lower 90s with a few scattered showers and storms developing with the heating of the day. Any one storm will be capable of producing localized heavy rainfall.

My main concern for Monday, however, will be the 'feels' like temperature or heat index. Dew points will be sitting in the mid and even upper 70s which is quite oppressive and humid. A heat advisory will likely be issued for parts of the viewing area. Heat indices will top out in the lower and mid 100s area wide. Proper heat precautions are strongly advised.

With that said, my other concern is for those who are still without power and will be having to deal with this dangerous heat. Many of our neighboring friends to the west are significantly struggling post-Laura and can use any sort of help. I strongly encourage us to think about volunteering or lending a helping hand in any way that we can during this difficult time for so many. We are all in this together!

The rest of the week looks pretty quiet as upper-level ridging and surface high pressure looks to build into the area. An outside chance to see a shower or storm will be possible in our afternoons with the heating of the day. Y'all have a great week!

In the tropics:
We are currently watching four areas out in the Atlantic Basin at this time.

The first area is emerging off of the Florida Coast and will continue out to sea. It will be no threat to Acadiana.

The next area has entered the Caribbean Sea and has about a 80 chance to develop in the next 5 days. Even if this system develops, it should stay well south of the Gulf Coast. It is expected to run into Central America and Mexico where it is expected to weaken. It appears to be no threat to Acadiana.

The next 2 areas are way out in the Atlantic, and in fact, one of them has not even emerged off of the African Coast yet. Both have a low chance to develop at this time. We will continue to watch for now, but they pose no threat to Acadiana at this time.
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