Today: Sunny and clear conditions with high temperatures near 83 degrees. Expect breezy conditions with winds near 15 mph from the northeast with gusts up to 25 to 30 mph. A wind advisory is in effect for portions of SE LA. Due to the lower humidity and higher winds, a red flag warning is in effect for elevated fire conditions. Outdoor burning is not recommended.  

Tonight: Clear with winds between 5 to 10 mph. Lows will be in the lower 50s.  

Tomorrow: More sunny conditions with high temperatures around 80 degrees. Winds will decrease a touch but remain elevated. The red flag warning may be extended. Low humidity remains to allow it to feel comfortable outside during the day. 

Beyond: High temperatures will begin to increase into the mid-to-upper 80s by next week as a small ridge builds over the area. Dry air will remain for much of the next 7-days. The dry airmass will limit rain chances to near zero. 

Tracking the Tropics: Hurricane Ian is a powerful Category 4 storm that is expected to make landfall in Southwest Florida on Wednesday. It currently has maximum sustained winds of 155 mph with a minimum pressure of 937 mb as of the 7 am NHC update today. Heavy rainfall is expected throughout most of the state with the highest totals in the central portion. Rainfall totals could reach up to 15”. Life threatening storm surge is expected for the Southwest Florida Coast. Flooding will occur and quick, spin-up tornados are expected as well. Florida residents who have not evacuated need to shelter in place until the storm passes.