Hot weather, storms expected this week

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Excessive heat and numerous thunderstorms are expected to sweep through Covington County for the remainder of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

NWS Meteorologist Ryan Rogers said the hottest days this week will be today and Wednesday.

The highs today and tomorrow are 99 and 98 degrees, respectively.

The high for Thursday will be 95 degrees, and on Friday it will be 94 degrees.

Rogers said the NWS’s criteria for a heat advisory is for temperatures 108 degrees and greater in this area.

“That’s kind of region dependent,” he said, adding the NWS can issue advisories for ranges that look like 106-107 degrees in other parts.

While temperatures will stay close to 100 degrees for the majority of the week, temperatures are expected to drop to 89 degrees on Saturday and 90 degrees on Sunday, Rogers said.

“That’s the lowest I’ve seen in quite a while,” he said.

Rogers said the storms that will be present later this week are as a result of a low pressure system forming.

“The highest chances will be Saturday to Saturday night, and Sunday,” he said.

A weak trough of surface low pressure will become draped from the southeast across central Louisiana, which increase chances of showers and storms from Wednesday through Sunday.

Frequent lightning, brief strong wind gusts and heavy rain will be common in the stronger storms. There is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today, a 30 percent chance on Wednesday and Thursday; a 40 percent chance on Friday; and a 50 percent chance on Saturday.