NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Our pleasant stretch of weather continues with another nice afternoon with plenty of sunshine and warm, but comfortable temperatures. A wave of energy circulating around high pressure over the Great Lakes region moved past early Sunday morning increasing cloud cover, but with limited moisture we didn't see a real rain threat. Winds increased as well with a few higher gusts especially along the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Sunday's highs once again ended up in the middle 80's with lows in the low 70's and 60's.
We will see a trend of slightly higher temperatures moving into the week, but not much change in the sensible forecast. Moisture is slow to return as well as the next front which now may not move through until next weekend. Even then it's unlikely we will see much rain. We will get another round of dry air behind the front taking us back to the nice fall feel.
Matthew topped out as a Category 5 hurricane late Friday and finally began it's turn to the north on Saturday. The storm will not be an issue for the Gulf. Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba are under warnings and watches with major effects expected on Monday. The Bahamas will get hit by the major storm the following day. Call ahead if you have travel plans to any of the affected areas. Eventually, it could also be problematic for parts of the East Coast. Although it isn't a threat to the Gulf it's worth keeping an eye on as one of the most intense storms this season.