FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Flirting with record high again

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It’s hard to believe we’re merely days away from the start of the autumn season. It seems like summer isn’t ready to let go quite yet.

We tied a 91-year-old record high Tuesday when the temperature soared to 98, topping out considerably higher than the norm for this time of year, which is 88, and adding to the current string of September days with highs of 95 or higher.

Again Wednesday, it will be a hot, muggy late summer afternoon with only a slight chance for isolated showers/storms and a daytime high of 95. And, by the way, the record high for September 19 is 97, which was set in 1904. It will be close.

Overnight, it will be mostly clear and steamy, with a low in the mid-70s. Thursday, it will be partly cloudy and a 30 percent coverage of rain/storms. We’ll also see another “above normal” September day, with the high peaking at 93.

By Friday and heading into the weekend (and the first day of autumn this Saturday), the potential for moisture will increase. The chances are on the upswing for the coverage of (primarily) afternoon showers and thunderstorms, with a 40 percent to 50 percent coverage. At least more areas of rainfall will knock down the oppressively hot September temperatures and the triple digit heat index.

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