BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - We will be keeping a very close eye on Invest 95-L which is currently near the Turks & Caicos islands and moving towards the Bahamas and eventually the Gulf of Mexico in the coming days.
The National Hurricane Center has increased development chances to 60% within the next 5 days. Environmental conditions are forecast to be more favorable for development once Invest 95-L enters the East Gulf of Mexico. Forecast models suggest Invest 95-L may move inland as far west as SE LA and as far east as the FL Panhandle. Regardless of development we do expect to see increased rain chances associated with this system by the beginning of next week as it moves either overhead or nearby. At this time the GFS model suggest manageable rainfall amounts ranging from 0.5-3.5″ across the local area through Tuesday. Long range models remain mixed on whether this system may become a named storm. So for now it remains a wait and see kind of system.
The heat will remain the main local weather story heading into the weekend. Highs will remain in the mid maybe even upper 90°s through Friday. As clouds and rain chances begin to increase late Saturday into next week we should see a general drop in afternoon temperatures.