First Warning Forecast: Highs in the mid 90s, heat index values in the triple digits

Posted at 11:38 PM, Aug 26, 2020

Meteorologist April Loveland's First Warning Forecast

Quiet and warm here at home tonight, but a completely different story in the Gulf of Mexico. Catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds, and flash flooding is expected along the northwest Gulf coast tonight. Back here at home, expect mostly clear skies overnight with lows in the low 70s.

We will be cranking the heat on Thursday and Friday. Highs will soar to the low and mid 90s.Peak heat indices of 100 to 110 degrees are expected Thursday and Friday. Conditions will be mainly dry. Just keeping a slight 20 percent chance both Thursday and Friday evening.

Better chances for wet weather as we head into the weekend. The remnant of Tropical Cyclone Laura will bring the potential for locally heavy rain Saturday and Saturday night. Temperatures will still be hot with highs in the low 90s. Temperatures will start to trend closer to seasonal on Sunday with highs in the mid 80s with plenty of sunshine. Sunday will be the pick of the weekend. The comfortable weather will carry into the start of the work week.

Tropical Update:

Extremely dangerous Hurricane Laura closing in on the northwest Gulf Coast.

Located about 75 miles S of Lake Charles, Louisiana and about 75 miles SE of Port Arthur, Texas.

Max sustained winds: 150 mph

Moving NNW at 15 mph

On the forecast track, Laura will make landfall along the southwest Louisiana coast within the next few hours and move inland within that area early Thursday. The center of Laura is forecast to move over northwestern Louisiana on Thursday, across Arkansas Thursday night, and over the mid-Mississippi Valley on Friday. No significant change in strength is likely before landfall.

Rapid weakening is expected after Laura moves inland. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles

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