Hot and holiday storm chances


But don't go canceling your Fourth of July plans and celebrations.

Another round of scattered showers/storms will be possible Wednesday afternoon as elevated moisture levels remain over south Louisiana.

Then, keep an eye to the skies with scattered strong to possibly severe storms after 3 p.m. today. Expect heavy rainfall with localized flash flooding possible with storm development. Afternoon heat index values will reach near 100 each afternoon.

The weather service says the chance of showers and thunderstorms will rise to 70 percent for Friday and Saturday, when the highs are forecast to be 89 and 90, respectively. Some of them could produce gusty winds to 60 miles per hour, hail up to an inch in diameter and frequent lightning. Stay tuned for updates. But, we could see a better chance for showers this weekend. Have backed off on highs as well due to the possibility of a storm chance both days and/or the cloud coverage. Calm wind becoming west around 5 miles per hour.

Tonight partly cloudy with temperatures falling in the upper 70s-low 80s this evening as overnight lows drop in the low-mid 70s.

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The chance of widespread rain increases into the weekend. Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. South wind 6 to 9 miles per hour. Partly sunny, with a high near 92.

Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. This means we will have "feel like" temperatures in the lower 90s again this week. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Low: 76. High: 96.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and hot.

Today: Mostly cloudy. Warm and humid.