A heat advisory is in effect for southeast Louisiana today as hot temperatures combined with high humidity will create heat indices between 108 to 113-degrees.

We’re looking at highs of 97 in New Orleans, 99 in Baton Rouge, 100 in Alexandria, and 101 in Shreveport on Thursday. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the intense heat will last through the weekend.

“Really for the next four to five days, extraordinary heat is going to affect Louisiana.”

Keim says the excessive heat levels will come close to record highs and could even break a few records.

“These temperatures, for the most part, are running eight to nine degrees above normal for this time of year, so that’s a pretty big departure for this time period.”

Temperatures should return to normal early next week.

The blazing temperatures and dry weather are thanks to a high-pressure system that’s set up shop across the southeast US. Keim says that’s why Hurricane Dorian curved up the east coast.

“Basically, we are setting up a nice path for Dorian to move it’s way up the east coast and avoid the southeastern states.”

The same high-pressure system is keeping other storms like Fernand away from the region as well.

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