Wednesday’s First Warning Forecast: Much nicer today but more rain on the way

Posted at 5:42 AM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 12:39:38-04

Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast

Clearing skies and calming winds… Yesterday’s coastal storm has moved out and today’s weather will be much nicer. Winds will continue to relax today with a nice mix of sun and clouds. There is a very slim rain chance near the coast but most areas will stay dry. Highs will reach the upper 70s today, about 5 degrees below normal.

A string of fronts will drift into the region for the end of the week. Expect mostly cloudy skies tomorrow with a few scattered showers, mainly in the afternoon. Southwest winds will help to warm us into the mid 80s. Clouds will stick around with a better chance for showers and storms on Friday. Winds will shift back to the north on Friday, dropping temperatures into the 70s.

Leftover moisture from Harvey will spread over the region and combine with the fronts to bring us rain and storms on Saturday. Rain should taper off early Sunday. Highs will return to the low and mid 80s.

Today: Clearing Skies, Calming Winds. Highs in the upper 70s. Winds: N 5-15

Tonight: Partly Cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. Winds: E/S 5-10

Tomorrow: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers (30%). Highs in the mid 80s. Winds: SW 5-10

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Moderate-High (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: 8 (Very High)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Very High

Tropical Update

Tropical Storm Irma forms in the eastern Atlantic. Irma is centered about 420 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands and moving west at 13 mph. This general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. Satellite wind data indicate that the maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Irma could become a hurricane on Friday.

11:00 AM AST Wed Aug 30

Location: 16.4°N 30.3°W

Moving: W at 13 mph

Min pressure: 1004 mb

Max sustained: 50 mph

Tropical Storm Harvey continues moving inland over SW Louisiana. On the forecast track, the center of Harvey should move through southwestern and central Louisiana today and tonight, then move through northeastern Louisiana and northwestern Mississippi Thursday and Thursday night. As Harvey moves farther inland, the cyclone is expected to weaken to a tropical depression tonight.

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