FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Unusually hot Sept. weather continues

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - As of mid-morning, under mostly fair skies, our temperature had already hit the mid 80s and the “feels like” read in the mid-90s.

So, this unusually hot September weather continues. We tied another record high Wednesday when the temperature soared to 97. It hasn’t been that hot on September 19 since 1904.

Thursday’s record high is 98. Our forecast high is 95 or 96. Couple that with partly cloudy skies and only a 20 percent to 30 percent coverage of rain and it’s setting up to be another hot/steamy late summer day.

Overnight, it will be partly cloudy, with little if no activity on FIRST ALERT Doppler radar, and a low in the mid-70s. Friday, the coverage of rain increases to 40 percent to 50 percent. As a result, the afternoon high will likely “only” reach the lower 90s.

Beyond that, the upcoming weekend and the first day of autumn that will arrive late Saturday night, looks as if temperatures will still stay a bit above the norm for late September. It will be around 88. Plus, we’ll keep a 40 percent to 50 percent coverage of showers/storms in the forecast.

By the middle/end of next week, the thinking continues to include the potential for an early fall cold front steadily progressing to the southeast. That stated, the rain/storm chances will persist; along with the possibility of cooler, near average and perhaps somewhat “below” average temperatures.

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