It was certainly a hot & steamy weekend and that summer swelter will continue through the next 7 days with temps remaining in the upper 80s and low to mid 90s. High humidity levels will kick the heat index or “feels like” temperature up several more degrees and it could feel closer to 100° than the 90° mark many of the up-coming days. Each afternoon over the next couple of days will have a chance for some showers and thunderstorms to pop up in the heat of the day. Since there is quite a bit of moisture in the atmosphere for the storms to work with some of them will be quite efficient rain makers and may be quite slow-moving so localized flooding may be a concern.
Tropical Storm Barry organized in the Gulf of Mexico last week and made landfall along the central Louisiana coast Saturday and has moved a little north into the Mississippi Valley over the rest of the weekend. There is some potential for us to get some of the moisture out of the storm in our area in the form of some heavy rain but the models have been backing off of that solution somewhat from Wednesday into Thursday.
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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