NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - The tropics are heating up just in time for the peak of the season as not one, not two, but three systems are churning in the Atlantic Basin. The one on everyone's mind here in the Gulf is Tropical Depression Nine. The system continues to remain extremely disorganized and most models are in general agreement that the system will slowly strengthen into a strong tropical storm as it curves to the north early Tuesday and then to the northeast late Wednesday before making landfall in the Florida Big Bend area Thursday. At this time it does not appear this tropical system will impact our area.
Tropical Depression Eight continues to slide toawrds the outer banks of North Carolina and is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm as well on Monday. After brushing the outer banks, the storm is expected to curve back out into the Atlantic without the center making landfall. Out in the middle of the Atlantic, Hurricane Gaston continues to turn towards the north-northeast. Gaston became the first major hurricane of the season Sunday with peak winds reaching 120 mph. Gaston does not pose a threat to any land for the next several days.
Closer to home, with the tropics staying relatively quiet for us we can expect rain chances to slowly eas throughout the week and for temperatures to climb back into the lower to middle 90s. Monday will see a 40% chance for showers or a storm before sliding down to 20% mid-week. By Labor Day weekend, rain chances are back to 40-50% so an umbrella may be needed for the unofficial end to summer.