NEW ORLEANS — We finally have some rain in the forecast for several days this week. The rain will be mostly scattered in nature, but we have a shot at it starting Monday and lasting through Thursday. On Monday we may see a round of rain in the morning and then at least a few more scattered storms in the afternoon. Temperatures should stay in the 80s thanks to the clouds and rain.
Tuesday through Thursday look similar as we stay positioned near an upper trough and get a couple of disturbances passing through. We'll have to watch for a few heavy storms that could cause brief street flooding. Overall the rain will be a good thing since we need several more soakings to bring us out of drought conditions.
Late in the week the trough will swing away from us to the northeast, and we'll return to a drier forecast with slightly lower humidity. Temperatures should stay mainly in the 80s this week with clouds and rain around. We could keep highs in the upper 80s next weekend as well which would be close to average for this time of year.
Eye on Tropics
Tropical Storm Philippe formed on Saturday and is drifting westward in the Atlantic Ocean. It is expected to turn north over the open ocean and stay a tropical storm this week. Its current path would not threaten any land areas.
A tropical wave near Africa has a chance of development this week. This one could curve northward in the next few days and stay out over the ocean. The next name on the list is Rina.
The National Hurricane Center started highlighting a low pressure area in the eastern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. They give it a very low chance of development (10%). It will drift westward, not toward our part of the Gulf Coast. It looks like it will have a small window to get organized but will soon reach strong upper level winds that keep it messy.
Partly to mostly cloudy. 40% chance scattered showers, storms. Low: S 76, N 71. High: 89.
Partly to mostly cloudy. 40% chance spotty showers, storms. Low: S 76, N 70. High: 90.
Partly to mostly cloudy. 40% chance scattered showers, storms. Low: S 76, N 72. High: 89.
Partly to mostly cloudy. 40% chance scattered showers, storms. Low: S 76, N 70. High: 87.
Partly sunny. 20% chance isolated showers, storms. Low: S 74, N 69. High: 88.
Partly cloudy. Mainly dry, a little less humid. Low: S 74, N 69. High: 88.
Mostly sunny. Mainly dry, a little less humid. Low: S 74, N 68. High: 88.