Jul 2, 2013 4:48 PM by Rob Perillo
It looks like this year's 4th of July forecast is looking quite favorable given the time of year. Normally we can expect highs in the mid-90s, lows in the mid-upper 70s and very uncomfortable humidity...but not this year!
An upper level low spinning in the nation's mid-section will continue to supply Acadiana with drier than normal conditions along with almost pleasant humidity for the time of year through Thursday.
Look for partly cloudy and relatively hot conditions during the day Thursday, but highs will be close to 90-91F. (Heat indices should be less than 100F, normally they are in the 105-108F range).
There will be a few isolated mainly afternoon showers or a thundershower, but any activity will quickly dissipate by the evening for fireworks displays.
Thursday evening Acadiana can expect temperatures in the upper 70s with near calm winds so firework smoke plumes will be slow to dissipate.
Recent drier than normal conditions however, will keep the fire danger relative high so care in using pyrotechnics is advised.
Deeper tropical moisture and higher rain chances will move into the area from east to west Friday into the weekend with more than likely a sharp increase in rain chances.
An elevated risk of showers and storms is therefore expected from Friday, through the weekend, into early next week...along with the more usual high humidity.