FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warmer than normal

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It looks like our string of hot mid-September days will continue. In fact, we missed tying a record high by only two degrees Monday afternoon when the temperature topped out at 96.

Tuesday, while it may be a “bit” cooler, the daytime highs will only push back to the mid-90s and, once again, come uncomfortably close to the September 18 record high of 98, which was set in 1927.

Under partly cloudy skies, we’re expecting a hot and muggy afternoon, with 30 percent coverage of rain and a high that will feel more like mid-August, including a “heat index” climbing into the triple digits.

Overnight, skies will be partly cloudy and the air will be steamy, with a low in the mid-70s. Wednesday, the forecast is calling for only a few isolated primarily afternoon showers as the days of summer wind down. It will be hot, with a high of 93.

There is now the possibility that a “cold front” may actually “tease” southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi, potentially as early as this weekend. This initial front will likely stall to our north, but a second front may make it further south by the middle of next week. These two fronts represent a changing weather pattern and an optimistic start to the new season.

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