First Warning Forecast: High heat continues, plus severe threat

Posted at 5:35 AM, Aug 27, 2020

First Warning Forecast

The week is ending with triple-digit heat. An isolated shower or storm is possible this evening, but most areas will remain dry. Expect overnight lows in the mid/upper 70s. Near 80 at daybreak ahead of another hot day with heat index values near 105.

Rain chances are likely Saturday. The remnants of Laura will be driven into our area by the cold front. Strong to severe storms will be possible along with a tornado threat... The window for severe will be during the afternoon with storms capable of damage.

Dry, less humid and highs in the lower 80s on Sunday!

Tonight: Partly Cloudy, Isolated Shower/Storm. Lows in the mid 70s. Winds: SW 5-15

Tomorrow: Mix of Clouds, Isolated Shower/Storm. Highs in the mid 90s. Winds: W 5-15

Weather & Health

Pollen: Medium (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: 8 (Very High)

Air Quality: Moderate (Code Yellow)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Tropical Update

Tropical Storm Laura continues to spread heavy rain and strong winds over inland areas. Laura is centered about 65 miles east-northeast of Shreveport, Louisiana and moving north at 15 mph. The center of Laura is forecast to move over Arkansas tonight, the mid-Mississippi Valley on Friday, and the mid-Atlantic states on Saturday. Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph.

Disturbance 1:
A wave is now moving off the coast Africa with a low chance of development. The area of disturbed weather is situated between Cabo Verde Islands and the coast of Africa. Although, conditions are not currently favorable for further development as disorganized showers and storm continue, but over time conditions may gradually become favorable.

* Next 48 hours chance of development... 0 percent
* Next 5 days chance of development... 20 percent

Disturbance 2:
Showers and storms are continuing to increase for a disturbance in the middle of the tropical Atlantic. There's some potential for this system to develop more, but it'll happen gradually as it moves west at 15 to 20 mph.
* Next 48 hours chance of development... 10 percent
* Next 5 days chance of development... 30 percent