Michelle Southern reporting.
Get ready for the hottest weekend of the year. State Climatologist Barry Keim says there is a large ridge of high pressure setting up across the central United States which is limiting thunderstorm activity, and driving up the temperatures.
"This is due to a lack of cloudiness and thundershowers," said Keim. "In fact we're likely to see the highest temperatures seen all year so far across the entire state of Louisiana."
Keim says high temps through the weekend will be in the upper 90's and triple digits in some cases.
"So it's going to be a brutally hot weekend and there will only be a modest breakdown in this pattern at the start of next week," Keim said.
He says the humidity will also be high which drives the heat index up.
"Heat index values will probably come in about 110 degrees," said Keim.