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Summer pattern continues...few more PM storms

Posted at 4:58 PM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-22 15:17:38-04

Acadiana will continue to see a typical summer pattern this week along with a gradual increase in our rain chances through the mid- and latter part of the week.

The area saw a down turn in scattered thundershower activity Monday thanks to the propensity of high pressure at the surface and aloft across the area.

But as the week wears on, a little more in the way of an atmospheric weakness should develop across the region allowing for a better chance of scattered, mainly afternoon showers and storms.

Look for rain chances to increase to near 30-40% Tuesday edging closer to the 60% range Wednesday through Friday.

Look for high temperatures however, to still make the lower 90s in spite of better rain chances later this week.

High pressure should begin to rebuild across the area for the weekend thereby helping to lower the rain chances if that's indeed the case.

And while not it's completely clear yet, there are hints that bigger heat will be building across the area later this weekend into the following week with the Euro Model suggesting highs pushing the mid- to perhaps upper 90s.

See the KATC 10 Day Forecast for the latest.

Meanwhile in the tropics, there are a couple of tropical waves we're tracking...one emerging near the African Coast and another in the mid-tropical Atlantic.

The latter is being tracked by the National Hurricane Center who give this system roughly a 60% chance of developing into a tropical depression over the next few days, but this system may run into a more hostile environment as it nears the Caribbean.

Development or not, all waves must be tracked this time of year, even if a disturbance develops and then weakens...its vestiges can always redevelop closer to home.

Models are not high on keeping this a viable system beyond several days, but are also indicating that there could be some development near the Carolinas and/or Mid-Atlantic States toward the weekend.

Overall there appears to be no Gulf of Mexico threats of the next week, and that's always good to say as we are fast approaching the peak of hurricane season.

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