Today marks the first day of fall and hopefully that means we’ll start to feel cooler temperatures in Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says we can expect normal temperatures for the next three months and we’ll also be getting some relief to the dry conditions across the state with higher than average rainfall.
“So this wet forecast for the foreseeable future, keep in mind they’re calling for wet for the next six months, is all related to this developing El Nino, which could become one of the strongest on record this winter.”
Keim says Louisiana will be cooling down shortly with the arrival of cold fronts. He says we will start seeing temperatures in the 80s over the next few days but that might not last too long.
“We’re very much in that swing season pattern right now where we oscillate back and forth between summer like conditions and we get a little reprieve when that front comes through.”
Keim says most Louisiana residents are probably glad fall is finally here, as this summer was the hottest we’ve experienced in two years. He says humidity was much higher than usual and we saw dew points sky rocket.
“That is a big increase in the amount of moisture that was actually in the air and it was a very oppressive summer. I think it made this one feel just that much worse being more humid than normal.”