Tonight: Mainly clear to partly cloudy. Out-the-door morning temperatures will be in the low and mid 70s.

Friday: It’s still going to be very hot and dry thanks to high pressure still in place. We’ll have plenty of sunshine. North wind should keep humidity from climbing too high. Afternoon temperatures will be in the low and mid 90s.  

Saturday & Sunday: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy and hot. Make sure you take proper precautions if you will be outdoors between 10 AM and 6 PM. Stay cool, hydrated, and wear sunscreen if you plan to tailgate for the LSU game. Can’t completely rule out a shower on Saturday, but most stay dry. Highs will be in the mid 90s. A front will begin to approach the region on Sunday. A couple of showers will be possible later in the day and evening on Sunday. Rain coverage should not be higher than 30 percent. Highs in the mid 90s.  

Next Week: Cool front should clear the area by Monday. Humidity will begin to drop throughout the day. High temperatures are expected to be in the mid 80s and low temperatures are expected to be in the low and mid 60s again. Some areas may even dip down into the 50s! We’re also monitoring the tropics very closely into next week and weekend. 

Tracking the Tropics: Hurricane Fiona is a major hurricane and it is forecast to begin its journey out to sea. The center of it should stay west of Bermuda, but Bermuda would still be impacted. Then, it is expected to accelerate toward the Canadian Maritimes as a powerful system and bring powerful winds, storm surge, and heavy rain. Tropical Storm Gaston continues to meander in the northern Atlantic. No threats to the United States.

Invest 98L is slowly organizing in the far southeastern Caribbean. As of Thursday evening, it had a low-level circulation, but it’s currently battling wind shear and this could even lead to a relocation of the circulation. It will likely become a tropical depression within the next 24 hours or so. Then, it will track across the Caribbean and enter a more favorable environment for development. As it tracks across the Caribbean through the weekend and early next week, a trough over the eastern United States will likely pull it more northward. It likely wouldn’t even enter the Gulf of Mexico until Tuesday or so of next week. There are a lot of uncertainties as to when it would turn northward and where it will go – whether it’s a track more westward toward the Yucatan, the western tip of Cuba, or cross over Cuba and head toward South Florida. We still have about 7 to 9 days until any potential impacts to the Gulf Coast. All residents from Louisiana to South Florida need to monitor and prepare – especially Florida residents. We have to watch and monitor in the meantime. No imminent threats. Just make sure your hurricane preparedness plan for you, your family, and pets is ready to be put into action.

7 PM Tropical Outlook
Model guidance through next Thursday, September 29th. Guidance is trending more east, but this can change.