One of the best sunsets we've ever seen by g0thamg1rl on Flickr

Kind of a half-assed weather day today. There's enough moisture and an upper-level disturbance to produce a thick layer of clouds, but not enough of a disturbance to wring some of that moisture out of the atmosphere. So, we're looking at overcast skies that will keep the temperature down in the mid 70s this afternoon. There may be a sprinkle or two today, but any real chance of rain will have to wait until tomorrow.

Saturday is looking to be rather soupy. Temperatures will rise to the lower 80s and the humidity will make for a sticky start to the holiday weekend. There's a chance of showers or thunderstorms from tomorrow afternoon into the late evening. A cold front should clear the humidity out tomorrow night, setting the stage for a sunny and warm Sunday and Monday. Expect highs in the mid 80s both days. Sunny and warm should be the story well into next week.

Tropical Storm Gustav is expected to rapidly intensify later today as the center of the storm moves off Jamaica. Gustav is still expected to take a more northwesterly track as it enters the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. That will put New Orleans directly in the hurricane's path. In the Mid-Atlantic, Tropical Storm Hanna has formed. She is slowly strengthening and heading eastward, possibly being of concerned to an already soaked Florida by mid-week.