Summer has arrived
Posted on 6/22/2015 11:50:00 AM.
Today is the first full day of Summer and State Climatologist Barry Keim says it has arrived, pretty much, right on cue.  He says the wet weather pattern in the state for the past six weeks or so has kept temperatures down.  

But Keim says that pattern has changed and now the forecast is calling for more seasonal temperatures.
"With high temperatures in the low 90s with very high humidity.  This is very typical for this time of year, so there's nothing overly unusual going on out there.  We're just, right now, moving into the very warmest part of the year."

Keim says the long term forecast for the summer season is calling for near normal temperatures with below normal rainfall.  He says fewer afternoon showers will definitely be something people will notice.

"We going to probably get more clear skies, more of that direct sunlight.  So just exercise some precautions when you're going out in the afternoon."

He says before you know it, fronts will begin flying though Louisiana in September and all will be right with the world.  Keim says there are a few precautions people should take to make it though these hot summer months.

"If you can avoid being out in the warmest part of the day, say from 11 o'clock to 3PM.  That window of time is just brutally hot.  Try to avoid direct exposure to the sun.  If you have to be out, try to be in the shade.  And, obviously, stay well hydrated." 
Summer, forecast, Barry Keim

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