Jul 16, 2014 5:26 PM by Rob Perillo
Acadiana's brief respite from the summer heat & humidity will gradually come to an end after Thursday morning with temperatures back to near 90 along with increasing humidity Thursday afternoon.
A slug of deep tropical moisture will advance northward out of the Gulf of Mexico Friday and will interact with a low pressure trough advancing eastward out of Texas.
These features will combine to yield an excellent chance of showers and locally heavy thunderstorms Friday into Saturday.
Some storms will be quite heavy producing localized rainfall rates in the 2-3" range per hour which could lead to some street flooding for both Friday and Saturday.
Highest rain totals into the weekend will likely across Northeast Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Northern Louisiana where upwards of 4-6" of rain or more may accumulate through Saturday.
Locally some storms may be quite strong Friday, perhaps severe, with storms capable of producing damaging "microburst" winds just about anywhere in Louisiana. Funnel clouds may also be in the mix through Saturday as well.
The potential for severe weather should become more clear by Thursday.
Rain chances will gradually decrease starting Sunday into next week, with more summer-like conditions likely for the mid-latter part of the week.
Temperatures Friday and Saturday will likely stay in the 80s for highs and should approach 90 Sunday.
The heat and summer humidity will be in full force through next week with highs climbing back into the low to possibly mid-90s. Scattered afternoon storms will stay in the forecast likely through the following weekend.