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Weekend Outlook

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August 17

12:30pm

Overview
Today there is a Low Pressure System off the New England Coast. A cold front is stretched South along the Atlantic Seaboard and extended through the SE U.S. Then tail end of this front is slowing and becoming Stationary. It will stall out over Central Louisiana during the next couple of days and drive rain chances up across the state, through Monday. In the wake of this system, a weak ridge of high pressure will bring a couple days of clearing skies.
In the Tropics, eyes are fixed on three different areas of interest in the Atlantic Basin, to include T.S. Gordon.
 
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Discussion
Today, a cold front continues to gradually move into our area. This front is slowing and will stall out over Cenla. So we are seeing Moisture being pushed up from the South and energy moving in from the north that is associated with the front. Both of these features will assist in increasing rain chances throughout the day and this weekend.  This front will stall out over us and prolong our elevated chances for rain. Because of the added cloud cover and higher rain chances, expect temperatures to run lower than we have been seeing (upper 80's and lower 90's) with light to moderate, variable winds. Areas that see abundant rainfall will see even lower temperatures as they will experience what we call a "Rain Cooling Effect". That is simply where prolonged rainfall knocks temperatures a lot cooler than they would normally reach.
   
For the rest of the day
Expect in and out cloud cover with partly cloudy skies, becoming mostly cloudy. Rain chances will be on the rise throughout the midday and afternoon hours with peak rain chances occurring during the late afternoon and evening hours. Hot & Humid conditions will not be as bad as we have been seeing. Temperatures will drop to the upper 80's and lower 90's for some areas that will be affected by a high rainfall totals. Otherwise, expect to see highs in the lower to mid 90's with heat index values near the century mark and a light to moderate wind out of the South & West.

For the rest of the 7day planner
A stationary front will meander over our viewing area for the next couple of days. With this being said, High Rain Chances will remain on the board through the weekend and into the beginning of the work week. This event will bring heavy rainfall to some parts of the area and cool temps down to the 90 degree mark. This front will fizzle out with the beginning of the work week and rain chances will begin to fall at that time with temperatures returning into the mid 90's as skies clear out.
 
TODAY...Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered (50%) showers and thunderstorms. Highs 91-97. The peak heat index may reach 105. Light to moderate and Variable wind, strong near storms.

FRIDAY NIGHT...Partly to mostly cloudy with a few showers and thunderstorms persisting until 1:00 AM. Lows 72-78. A variable wind.

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