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Zack: Hot, humid weather through end of the week

Highs each afternoon will range from 92-94
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 4:57 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - It doesn’t get much more summer than this, with highs climbing into the 90s and the humidity creeping higher and higher. The problem is it’s only the middle of May.

Much of the same is on the way for the middle-of-the-week forecast and beyond. Each afternoon, expect lower-to-middle 90s for highs. But the humidity is becoming such a factor, it will feel closer to 100 at times. Rain chances are near zero for the rest of the work week.

By the weekend, things start to change in this pattern. Daily rain chances return, allowing for highs to fall back just a bit. On Saturday, there will be a mixture of sun and storms. But Sunday looks to be the wetter day of the weekend, with storms likely. For the first time in a while, consistent rain chances remain even into the early half of next week.

The tropics have been getting attention because of models being thrown around on social media. But models are guidance, not gospel. At this time of year, the Central American Gyre gets organized, leading to a broad area of low pressure. Models are notorious for spawning tropical systems off this thing, but usually are wrong about where that happens. I’m leaning more to the Pacific side, seeing development of a storm while the Caribbean just becomes unsettled next week.

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