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Heat streak breaks as a rainy pattern sets up

After yet more record heat on Saturday, we finally enter a rainy pattern that will help with the heat starting Sunday.

NEW ORLEANS — Our intense heat finally breaks this week as we enter a rainier pattern. On Sunday, the high pressure weakens and some afternoon storms pop up. A few showers could linger into the evening, but the night should be quiet. 

For the work week, expect scattered showers and thunderstorms to form each day which will bring temperatures down to near average for this time of year (meaning highs in the lower 90s). 

A few storms could bring brief heavy rain and a few high wind gusts, but at least they will help with the heat. The most likely time for rain will be in the afternoons, although a few showers could form earlier in the day or linger into the evenings. Afternoon temperatures should top out only in the lower 90s and would drop quickly under any thunderstorms. 

The reason for more rain is a weakening of the high pressure plus a weak cold front lingering over us. These things plus lots of atmospheric moisture will help the rain form each day.

Eye on the Tropics:

A small area of low pressure has a low-end chance of developing near the Texas coast this week. This low pressure area will be located along a weak cold front which will linger over the extreme northern Gulf of Mexico. This shouldn't affect our area significantly aside from the enhanced rain chances from the overall pattern. It should move inland over Texas by Wednesday or Thursday.

An area we've been watching over the Atlantic has a medium chance of development in the next five days as it chugs along toward the southern Caribbean Sea. Most long-range models keep it far south of the Gulf of Mexico, but it is still very far out, so we'll continue to watch it.

The next names on the list are Bonnie and Colin.

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Detailed Forecast:

SUNDAY:

Mostly sunny. Hot, humid. 60% showers and storms. Low: S 81, N 75. High: 94.

MONDAY:

Clouds and sun. Hot, humid. 60% showers and storms. Low: S 81, N 75. High: 92.

TUESDAY:

Clouds and sun. Hot, humid. 40% showers and storms. Low: S 81, N 75. High: 91.

WEDNESDAY:

Clouds and sun. Hot, humid. 60% showers and storms. Low: S 81, N 75. High: 90.

THURSDAY:

Sunny. Hot, humid. 50% showers and storms. Low: S 81, N 75. High: 90.

FRIDAY: 

Sunny. Hot, humid. 40% showers and storms. Low: S 81, N 75. High: 91.

SATURDAY:

Sunny. Hot, humid. 40% showers and storms. Low: S 81, N 75. High: 90.

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