Yesterday’s frontal passage sparked off another round of strong to severe thunderstorms and heavy rains. The good news is that front is now pushing south into North Carolina and the line of showers with it has actually moved out well in front of it. As the front moves south high pressure is building in for the weekend and will bring a nice stretch of quiet, albeit hot and humid, weather starting with today. We may see some extra clouds this morning before mainly sunny skies this afternoon. There’s still a chance for an isolated shower or two during the day but only for a few of us. Temperatures will be back in the 80s and low 90s this afternoon. Temps and humidity levels may actually make it a little tough to “enjoy” as we hover in the 80s to low and mid 90s during the day over the weekend and only drop to near 70° overnight. Humidity levels will kick the heat index into the mid and upper 90s. The next chance for showers looks to come as we head into next week with some afternoon pop-ups possible each day.
Tropical Storm Barry organized in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday morning and continues to churn away moving toward the west-northwest at this hour. A track toward the northwest is expected today followed by a turn to the north Saturday. On the current NHC forecast track, the center of Barry will be near of over the central or southeastern coast of Louisiana tonight or Saturday, and then move inland into the Lower Mississippi Valley Sunday. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles to the east of the center. Extreme amounts of rain and a strong storm surge is expected to have disastrous effects on parts of the Gulf Coast.
It’s also that time of year that I need to remind folks to please, NEVER leave your kids or pets in the car. The interior of your car will heat up extremely quickly and reach dangerous, if not deadly, levels in a very short period of time. If you want to take the dog for a car ride than make it a dedicated ride for them, don’t stop for groceries or to pick something up. It only takes a few minutes for the temperature in your vehicle to reach those dangerous levels. If you have a small child be sure you double check the back seat when you get out.
Meteorologist Jason Caterina
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