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Hazy, hot and mostly dry Thursday; changes for the weekend

Hazy, hot and humid weather with minimal rain chances will continue for Acadiana Thursday, but the chance of scattered showers and storms will return late Friday into the weekend.

After a morning start in the mid-70s, look for mostly sunny, hazy hot and humid conditions Thursday with highs in the low to mid-90s.

Heat indices will likely climb to the 100-104 degree range Thursday afternoon.

The haze, due to African Dust in the region, will likely continue through Friday before moving on to the west by the weekend.

At the same time, increased moisture with a weak upper level disturbance approaching from the east likely dragging more atmospheric moisture and instability to the area with it resulting in a better chance of scattered late afternoon/early evening showers and storms Friday.

This same feature will take a couple of days to clear the area leaving Acadiana with plenty of clouds and a 40-50% chance of mainly daytime, scattered showers and thunderstorms this weekend.

Temperatures this weekend will be limited to the upper 80s to near 90.

Rain chances may drop briefly Monday before rising again Tuesday, into perhaps Wednesday, as a slug of tropical moisture advances northward across the extreme Western Gulf of Mexico.

Greatest impacts from this feature will be felt mainly over Southeast/Eastern Texas.

Afterward, it still appears that drier and more stable than normal air will advance into the region from the southeast yielding partly sunny and the return of mid-90s for the 4th of July and Friday.

Meanwhile in the tropics, the first depression of the Eastern Tropical Pacific became a tropical storm Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Alvin sporting 45 mph winds, may reach up to 60 mph winds, but will move harmlessly away from land and weaken/dissipate in the open Pacific sometime this weekend.

The Atlantic Basin remains very climate and dust-filled…which is normal for this time of year.

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Rob Perillo

Rob Perillo

Rob Perillo is the Chief Meteorologist for KATC-TV3's Acadiana's NewsChannel.  Rob has 30 years of experience in forecasting Acadiana's weather and has tracked hundreds of tropical storms and hurricanes during his career including major Louisiana storms such as Andrew, Lili, Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike.
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