Showers and storms return Wednesday

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NEW ORLEANS — WWL-TV Meteorologist Alexandra Cranford

Scattered thunderstorms allowed temperatures to drop to a more reasonable range Tuesday evening after a scorching afternoon.

Air temperatures reached 97 at the Kenner airport and at Slidell on Tuesday. Heat index values soared to near 113, prompting an Excessive Heat Warning for the Northshore and Heat Advisory for the Southshore.

Wednesday morning starts muggy and warm in the low 80s with perhaps a few isolated showers or thunderstorms in the morning.

Then during the day, a front will sag near us and help showers and thunderstorms to form. That should keep temperatures down a little to low 90s and heat index values closer to 100. 

There could also be some heavy downpours and maybe a stray strong thunderstorm with some high wind gusts – the Storm Prediction Center has placed the Northshore at a marginal risk of severe weather on Wednesday.

High pressure builds over us again Friday into next weekend, which will bring more high heat and a few spotty afternoon storms.

Thankfully, we do not have any tropical threats this week. The tropics are still quiet as dry, dusty air swirls over a huge part of the Atlantic Basin.

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DETAILED FORECAST:

TUESDAY NIGHT:
Mostly cloudy, warm and humid with a 20% chance for spotty showers and storms. Lows around 82. Wind NW 3-8 mph.

WEDNESDAY:
Sun/cloud mix, hot and humid with a 70% chance for scattered showers and storms. Heavy rain and gusty winds possible. Highs around 92. Wind N/NW 5-10 mph.

THURSDAY:
Partly cloudy, hot and humid with a 40% chance for scattered showers and storms. Some downpours possible. Lows around 79. Highs around 92.

FRIDAY:
Partly cloudy, hot and humid with a 30% chance for spotty showers and storms. Heavy downpours possible. Lows around 78. Highs around 94, feeling like 105-108.  

SATURDAY:
Partly cloudy, hot and humid with a 40% chance for spotty showers and storms. Heavy downpours possible. Lows around 79. Highs around 93, feeling like 105-110.  

SUNDAY:
Partly cloudy, hot and humid with a 40% chance for scattered showers and storms. Heavy downpours possible. Lows around 79. Highs around 93, feeling like 105-110.  

MONDAY:
Partly cloudy, hot and humid with a 40% chance for scattered showers and storms. Heavy downpours possible. Lows around 79. Highs around 93, feeling like 105-110.  

TUESDAY:
Partly cloudy, hot and humid with a 40% chance for scattered showers and storms. Heavy downpours possible. Lows around 79. Highs around 93, feeling like 105-110.  

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