NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - July historically is a quiet month for tropical activity, but this year looks to be more so as a strong El Nino has developed along with unusually high easterly winds blowing a deep layer of dry, African dust well out over the Atlantic.
Locally, rain chances will stay well below normal as an upper ridge of high pressure is expected to build over us. This will keep rain coverage very limited allowing for afternoon highs to soar into the mid to upper 90s with the heat index topping 105-plus.
The usual summer heat precautions should be taken during the peak heating of the day. Stay hydrated and take plenty of breaks in the shade or air condition if you have to work outdoors.
Also make sure to wear sun block and cover exposed skin to prevent sun damage. We are creeping up on the hottest part of the summer, so don't get caught off guard.
- Meteorologist Bob Breck
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