First Warning Forecast: Tracking a mostly dry and hot stretch of weather

Posted at 7:08 PM, Aug 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 14:00:01-04

First Warning Forecast

A hot and muggy day ahead...

Hot and mainly dry today with little to no chance of rain. Expect highs near 90, yet it'll feel more like 100 degrees across the area. An isolated shower or storm is possible, but I don't think stormy weather is a cause for concern today. High pressure is building in as a front lifts out of the region, which means drier conditions are likely.

Another hot day to start the work week with highs in the low 90s and heat index values soaring to the triple digits. Expect mostly dry conditions. A few clouds to start the day Tuesday, with clearing as the day progresses. Temperatures will once again soar to the low 90s with heat index values in the triple digits. Summer is still here!

A cold front will move in on Wednesday bringing a little more cloud cover and keeping temperatures a few degrees milder in the upper 80s. A stray shower is not out of the question. More sunshine heading into Thursday with highs near 90. Rain chances will start to creep upward by Friday as a cold front approaches along with some remnant moisture from some tropical systems. Expect highs in the upper 80s.

Tropical Update:

Tropical Storm Laura continues to impact parts Dominican Republic and Haiti with heavy rain and life-threatening flooding.
Located about 70 miles northwest of Port Au Prince, Haiti on track towards Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph as it moves west-northwest at 21 mph. Laura is expected to reach the Gulf of Mexico by Tuesday, where it's likely to reach hurricane status. For now, expect little change in its strength over Cuba. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center. Laura is expected to become a hurricane late Tuesday.

Marco is now a category one hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that Marco has strengthened into a hurricane with maximum winds of 75 mph. The U.S. Gulf coast is preparing for life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds. Marco is 300 miles south-southeast from the mouth of the Mississippi River. It's currently moving north-northwest in the direction of the Gulf coast states at 14 mph. Based on the current forecast track, Marco has a projected landfall Monday afternoon in southeast Louisiana. Upon landfall, it's expected to turn towards Texas and weaken rapidly over land.