NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - As the upper high strengthens to our west, we are falling under the influences.
A very dry and hot pattern is shaping up as we head into the weekend and early next week.
Rain chances are near zero Friday and afternoon highs soar into the mid-to-upper 90s.
When the humidity is factored in, the heat index reaches the triple digits.
It's not quite high enough for the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory, but still use caution and common sense if outdoors.
A break in this pattern finally arrives by late next week.