Friday’s weather story was mainly about temperatures in the 90°s and the heat index running at 100° or more for several hours during the afternoon. There were a couple of blips within the area on the afternoon radar, but very few WAFB neighborhoods got a rain-break from the afternoon heat.
‘Category 1’ Hanna made landfall on Padre Island south of Corpus Christi at 5 p.m. on Saturday with estimated maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. Hanna’s official second landfall on the Texas mainland was at approximately 6:15 p.m.
Monday’s rains were a product of an easterly wave, a tropical disturbance moving from east-to-west across the northern Gulf. While development chances remain very low, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has dubbed this feature as Invest 90L
The heat index briefly hit 110° at Baton Rouge’s Metro Airport for the second day in a row as oppressive heat continues around the area, validating the string of 5 straight days with Heat Advisories in effect for the WAFB region.
Monday was another brutally hot day with temperatures climbing into the mid 90′s and the heat index climbing to 110° or more for many WAFB neighborhoods. While this may not be record heat, it remains very dangerous.
A high-pressure ridge that has been centered over the southwest U.S. will be strengthening and expanding eastward over the next several days. As many of you know, upper-level atmospheric ridging not only can inhibit significant rainfall, but also can result in a considerable warm-up.
Take extra care if you are expecting to spend time outdoors over the next few days. That’s especially true if you are spending time in the direct sunshine, which can add another 10° or more to the “feels like” temperature.