We have reached the midpoint in October where the “normal” highs are supposed to be around 80. Today’s 90 tied the record in Kenner & the 93 at Audubon set a new high. Friday looks similar with more near 90 degree heat but it doesn’t feel as brutal since our airmass is so dry. Mornings begin comfy in the 40s & 50s with another cold front arriving early Saturday to bring us some relief from the heat. Saturday & Sunday highs should stay in the 70s with brisk Northerly winds adding to the chill. Our current dry streak has reached 17 days and I see no rain until late next week.
Computer models are still trying to develop some sort of Gulf low late next week into next weekend, but they are less aggressive than yesterday. Perhaps that’s due to a strong area of high pressure that is predicted to move down from the north. My guess is some tropical moisture will stream our way but it will be difficult for low pressure to develop since upper winds will still be strong & water temps in the northern Gulf have cooled into the 70s. We really could use some good tropical downpours as the ground is so dry that NWS issued a Fire Danger Watch for this weekend.