Short Term Forecast: Clouds are in the increase across the Baton Rouge Area as we begin this Monday Morning. It is still pretty chilly with temperatures in the 40s to 50s, so be sure to grab that light jacket as you head out the door.
The area of high pressure that was sitting over us all weekend will move to the east of Louisiana today. This will shift the winds from the northeast to the southeast and that will allow us to become warmer. These winds will also start to transport in Gulf Moisture and that will give us partly to mostly cloudy skies today. High temperatures will be in the mid 70s.
The clouds will stick around tonight and we could have a few light showers popping up. It will not be as chilly with lows in the upper 50s.
Week Ahead: The warming trend continues on Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of a cold front. We will have mostly cloudy skies tomorrow with a few showers popping up during the day. Highs will be in the mid 70s. Tuesday Night will be partly to mostly cloudy and mild with a spotty shower possible. Lows will only fall to the lower 60s.
The cold front will move into Northern Louisiana on Wednesday. We will have a mix of sun and clouds with isolated showers developing during the afternoon hours. It will be warm and more humid with highs around 80. The front will move into Baton Rouge on Wednesday Night and it will set off scattered showers and a few thunderstorms. Some heavy rain will be possible. Lows will be in the lower 60s.
The cold front will move through Baton Rouge by Thursday Morning. We will start the day with clouds and some showers, but it will become clear by the afternoon. High temperatures will be cooler as they only climb to around 70. Thursday Night will be clear and MUCH COLDER with lows in the mid 40s.
An area of high pressure will build over the Southeast U.S. on Friday. You can expect sunny skies and it will be much cooler with high temperatures in the upper 60s. Friday Night will be clear and chilly again with lows in the mid 40s.
Weekend Outlook: The area of high pressure will remain over us all weekend. Saturday and Sunday will both be sunny and it will be comfortable. Highs will be in the lower to mid 70s and lows in the lower to mid 50s.
Tropical Outlook: There is a broad and weak area of low pressure located over the Central Caribbean. It is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms as it drifts to the west to southwest. NHC is giving it a low chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 5 days.
Elsewhere...the rest of the tropics are quiet and I'm not expecting anything else to form during the next 48 hours.
Enjoy the mild temperatures and have a great Monday! -Dave