NEW ORLEANS — WWL-TV Morning Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum

The main weather story for the rest of the week will be the oppressive heat! An area of high pressure is sitting over the eastern Gulf and that is helping to bring us plenty of sunshine with only a few afternoon storms today and Friday. Any storm that does develop will have some heavy rain and plenty of lightning. High temperatures will be in the lower to mid 90s. It will feel like 100-105 each day.  Lows will be in the 70s each night with a few clouds overhead. 

Weekend Forecast: The ridge of high pressure will move back east toward Bermuda this weekend and an upper-level high pressure will build to the west. This means we will have more typical scattered afternoon showers and storms Saturday and Sunday. We will still be hot with high temperatures in the lower 90s, and it will feel like 100-105. 

Tropical Update: I'm not expecting anything to develop over the next 5 days.

Mississippi River: it is now forecast to drop to 15.5 feet next Wednesday. That's the trigger point for beginning to close the Bonnet Carre Spillway. The Spillway is expected to start closing the weekend of July 27th. 

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DETAILED FORECAST:

THURSDAY:
Partly cloudy, hot and humid with a 20% chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 93 feeling like 100-105. Wind S 5-10 mph.

TONIGHT:
Mostly clear, mild and muggy. Lows around 78. Wind SW 3-7 mph.

FRIDAY:
Partly cloudy, hot and humid with a 20% chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 93 feeling like 102-107. Wind S 5-10 mph.

SATURDAY:
Partly cloudy, hot and humid with a 30% chance for spotty showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 79. Highs around 92 feeling like 100-105.

SUNDAY:
Partly cloudy, hot and humid with a 40% chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 78. Highs around 91 feeling like 100-105.

MONDAY:
Sun/cloud mix, hot and humid with a 40% chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 78. Highs around 90 feeling like 100.

TUESDAY:
Mostly cloudy, warm and humid with a 60% chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some heavy rain possible. Lows around 77. Highs around 88 feeling like 95-100.

WEDNESDAY:
Sun/cloud mix, hot and humid with a 50% chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 76. Highs around 88 feeling like 95-100.