Good afternoon! The rest of the work week will be sunny and very warm, if not hot. Storms are still set to return this weekend. The best chance of rain still looks like it’s going to be late Saturday into Saturday night. There will also be the potential severe weather and locally heavy rainfall during this time.
This afternoon will be sunny and very warm. Highs will be in the upper 80s. A few places could come close to 90 degrees. Make sure to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated if you’re going to spend a lot of time outside this afternoon. Even though it’s not likely, a stray shower will be possible across the southern tip of the ArkLaTex in the heat of the day today. Today’s rain chances are as low as they go without officially being zero. This evening will be warm. Temperatures will drop through the 80s and into the 70s by 7 or 8 p.m.
The overnight will be mostly clear and quiet. Lows will be in the low to mid 60s, so you probably won't need a light jacket out the door Friday morning either.
Friday will be our last sunny and very warm day before storms return. Highs on Friday will be in the upper 80s.
Our next storm system will impact the ArkLaTex on Saturday. Rain and storms will increase from west to east across the area late Saturday into Saturday night. The latest data suggest the rain and storms could move in a little earlier than what previously thought. However, most of Saturday still looks dry. Right now, it still looks like rain and storms will not have a big impact the Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show at Barksdale AFB or the Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cook-off in Magnolia, AR on Saturday. The greatest threat of severe weather on Saturday has shifted a little east and does include most of E TX and a small portion of NW LA and SW AR. This is where there is an ENHANCED risk of severe weather Saturday - Saturday night. The rest of the area is under a SLIGHT risk of severe weather on Saturday. The main threat on Saturday will likely be strong to damaging wind gusts. The tornado threat is low, but not zero. The tornado threat will be the greatest in any storms that develop ahead of the main line of storms. Large hail and locally heavy rainfall will be possible. The heaviest rain will likely develop along and north of the I-30. With the loss of day time heating and exiting storm system to our north, the storms should weaken as they move across the area Saturday night. Highs on Saturday will be in the 80s.
The rain and storms should diminish from west to east across the area on Sunday. Highs on Sunday will be in the 80s.
More showers and storms will continue into next week as well. There could be the potential for more severe weather as well. By the middle of next week, it looks like a more typical summer like weather pattern will develop. This means more heat and sunshine and less rain. This weather pattern could continue into Memorial Day weekend. Highs next week will be in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees.
Have a great day and enjoy the sunny weather!
KSLA First Alert Meteorologist James Parish