FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Mainly dry to end the work week

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Wed., Aug. 5 - Warm, mainly dry through the end of the week

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A quiet weather pattern continues for most of us thanks to a somewhat unusual northerly flow over our area in early August. Today shapes up to be much like the last couple of days, with highs in the low 90°s and the majority of us staying dry.

Pinpoint Forecast: Wednesday, Aug. 5
Pinpoint Forecast: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (Source: WAFB)

There are some indications that the northwesterly flow could usher in a disturbance this afternoon that could produce some active storms, primarily in our coastal parishes. The air about 1.5-2 miles above the surface is very dry and that increases the potential for damaging winds if any stronger storms are able to develop. That threat should primarily be confined to areas closer to the coast, with most near and north of the interstates unlikely to see storms today.

And the song remains the same through Friday as rain chances remain less than 20% and highs continue to top out in the low 90s.

10 Day Forecast - Wednesday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 14
10 Day Forecast - Wednesday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 14 (Source: WAFB)

By the weekend, the upper-level trough that has delivered the drier air will have lifted out and our winds will shift around to the south. That means our typical summer “muggies” make a comeback, along with an increase in rain chances. Only isolated showers and t-storms are expected on Saturday, with rain chances climbing to 40% by Sunday.

Into next week, we should be back to a fairly typical late-summer pattern, with scattered, mainly afternoon storms each day and highs in the low 90s.

Eye On The Tropics: Wednesday, Aug. 5
Eye On The Tropics: Wednesday, Aug. 5 (Source: WAFB)

In the tropics, the final advisory was written on Tropical Storm Isaias early Wednesday morning as it transitioned into a non-tropical low in eastern Canada. The other weak area of low pressure we have been tracking in the Atlantic is now given only a 10% chance of development.

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