The heat is on again, but there’s a good chance afternoon storms may help cool things down _lowres


It’s Monday and there’s a 50 percent chance of rain. And that may not be a bad thing.

Rain could provide a welcome cool-down from a stretch of high temperatures that have reached the mid- to upper 90s, with heat index levels into the 100s. And it could provide a respite for lawns and gardens thirsty after a stretch of dry days.

Today’s forecast calls for highs near 95 for south Louisiana, with potentially dangerous heat index levels near 108 in the late morning and early afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. A heat advisory will be in effect from noon til 4 p.m.

However, the Weather Service forecasts numerous showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and into the evening, possibly producing frequent lightning strikes, locally heavy downpours and strong winds.

Heat will continue to be a concern through the week, with more potential heat advisories, but scattered afternoon thunderstorms are possible each day.