Dangerous Heat Expected Across The State This Weekend
It has been very hot across South Louisiana for the past few weeks. This weekend we might experience some of the hottest temperatures we have seen in quite a while. There could be records set in many Louisiana cities by the time a significant chance of showers returns to the area during the middle of next week.
The National Weather Service office in Lake Charles has posted a heat advisory for much of the south central and southeastern part of the state today. This advisory includes the cities of Lafayette, New Iberia, Opelousas and Alexandria. In more geographic terms the parishes and cities the are along and east of U.S.Highway 90/Interstate 49 can expect temperatures to top out between 95 and 98 degrees. The heat indices in the advised area will reach 110 to 113 degrees.
The bad news is the forecast shows no let up in sight. Sunday's high temperatures are expected to top the century mark in many communities across the region. Monday should be the hottest day so far with current forecast suggesting high temperatures will top 100 degrees in Lake Charles, Lafayette, and Baton Rouge.
A slight increase in moisture over the area might allow a few more pop up afternoon showers to form during the afternoon by the middle of next week. Until then expect temperatures to be above normal even for August and rain chances to be minimal.