Soggy conditions are expected for the 4th of July as a tropical wave moves across the southern half of Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the highest rainfall totals are expected along the coastline.
“So expecting rain totals of about two inches along the coastal zone, that’ll taper down to about a half inch or less up in northern parishes.”
Keim says this is just the first wave of rain we can expect, as another wave will arrive for the weekend, providing us with a wet week.
“We’re talking about 5 inches or more of rain along the Louisiana coast tapering down to about an inch in north Louisiana. So my advice to you is to have contingency plans for outside activities even into the earlier part of the weekend, Saturday."
Keim says the rain is welcomed as much of the state is approaching drought conditions, and portions of the state are already there. But this system can also produce some flash flooding.
“There have already been some flash flooding problems across the state, especially right now in the southeastern part. But this is just going to gradually move from east to west across the state from New Orleans across Lake Charles.”