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Cooler and drier air arrives this week

2 months 1 week 1 day ago September 26, 2016 Sep 26, 2016 Monday, September 26 2016 September 26, 2016 6:00 AM in Weather
Source: WBRZ Weather

A few showers and thunderstorms can be expected today as a cold front nears the area. That cold front is expected to make it through the area bringing welcome changes. 

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: After another hot and humid afternoon, with highs near 90, that cold front will arrive tonight, as low temperatures stop close to 70 degrees. Spotty showers and thunderstorms will be possible through Early Tuesday.

Up Next: Tomorrow Afternoon is when change will be felt in the Baton Rouge area. Temperatures will only reach the mid 80s in the afternoon and overnight lows will dip to the low 60s. Some forecast models are even showing upper 50s by midweek. This means that dry air is coming through the area which cools much more efficiently than the humid summer air we’re so accustomed to by now. Afternoons will still be warm, but not oppressively humid. Overnight, it may even be cool? That's for you to decide! Pleasant weather is expected to last right on into next weekend. 

The Tropics: Tropical Storms Karl and Lisa fell apart over the weekend. Now, we are watching a system in the Central Atlantic that is expected to become a tropical depression, affecting the Windward Islands and eventually moving into the Caribbean Sea. This storm has some potential and begs watching, but that is all for now. You are likely to see and hear much chatter about this system, not all will be fully reliable. Stick with the WBRZ Weather Team for the latest updates as we work with our partners at the National Hurricane Center

THE SCIENCE:

Forecast Discussion: An upper ridge responsible for the recent hot, humid and mainly dry weather will continue to break down as an upper trough moves through the Great Lakes Region. A cold front will alas push through the area today but drier and cooler air will lag behind by about 24 hours. Will some action may pop along the front, any showers and storms on Tuesday will be limited to coastal areas with almost zero rain chances for the remainder of the week. Behind the front, temperatures will be about five degrees BELOW average with highs in the low to mid 80s and lows in the low 60s. An upper trough over the Mid-Atlantic States for the end of the week will keep the upper wind flow northwesterly and thus the dry extended forecast for the local area. 

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