NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - High pressure is back and that means less coverage rain wise for the next couple of days. We will still see one or two isolated storms, but definitely fewer areas dealing with the heavy downpours. The absence of rain means we will have to plan for hot temperatures with highs climbing into the mid 90's by the afternoon. This trend will stick around into Wednesday.
Thursday, we will see rain coverage increase once again as an upper level low passes north of the area and weakens the high a bit. Again no major washout, but a return to more average 30-to-40 percent coverage. The high pressure should quickly return giving us another breather from showers for the end of the week.
The tropics are busy right on cue as we approach the traditional peak of hurricane season. Fiona is hanging on as a tropical depression while moving out over the open Atlantic and expected to dissipate. We now have Tropical Depression #7 off of the African coast which will become Gaston soon. Then west of #7 we have another wave that has a 50% chance of developing over the next five days.