Jul 21, 2014 5:14 PM by Rob Perillo
After and active weekend of showers & storms, shower activity was markedly lower Monday allowing temperatures to climb into the 90s while heat indices flirted with the low 100s.
Acadiana will see more of the same through midday Tuesday, but there will likely be a better chance of scattered afternoon/early evening storms.
Daytime rain chances will stay in the 30-40% range through Thursday but should gradually decrease to 20% or less into the weekend as high pressure begins to become more dominant.
This means high temperatures will be reaching the mid-90s with heat indices climbing to the 102-107 range for the weekend.
In the tropics, the second tropical depression of the Atlantic season has formed in the mid-Atlantic, roughly 1200 miles east of the Windward Islands.
TD #2 had 35mph sustained winds and was moving to the west at 20mph. The system will remain in marginal territory for sea-surface temperatures while conditions aloft appear to be hostile for any significant development at this time.
In fact, the National Hurricane Center is officially forecasting this system to dissipate to a tropical wave as it approaches the Eastern Caribbean in about 72 hours.
Whether this system makes it farther west than forecast, or not, it should pose no threat to the Gulf of Mexico down the road as upper level westerlies are likely to stay active into the first days of August.