Pretty days in South Louisiana
A pair of reinforcing fronts will cross the area between now and Saturday, bringing hardly a cloud and keeping temperatures steady.
Today and Tonight: Thursday will bring another afternoon of ample sunshine with high temperatures climbing to near 80 degrees. Winds will be northerly at 5-10mph. Overnight, skies will remain clear with a cool low temperature in the low 50s.
Up Next: The week will end in fine fashion with sunshine and a high in the mid 70s. Saturday will provide the weekend with a chilly start in the upper 40s before thermometers climb into the mid 70s under abundant afternoon sun. The second half of the weekend will continue great weather for outdoor activity with a low in the low 50s and a high in the mid 70s. The next chance of rain in the area will not come until Late Monday, at the earliest.
Forecast Discussion: With a weak front having crossed the area, wind have turned northerly at the surface, helping to reestablish a dry and seasonable air mass. In addition, deep northwesterly flow will continue behind the front leading to more dry air and ongoing clear skies. Reinforcing fronts will slide through the area Friday and Saturday Mornings, allowing weekend temperatures to be near or slightly below average. However, again both fronts will be moisture starved and do little more than generate a few clouds. A broad area of surface high pressure just north of the region will maintain a northeasterly flow and keep seasonably mild but dry air in place through the weekend with mainly clear skies. Early next week, a storm system developing in the Midwest will help to return moisture to the local area and reintroduce showers and thunderstorms to the forecast by Tuesday. With this system, forecast models are suggesting that a cold front will stall in the area Late Tuesday—initially not necessarily a problem. However, with some time for moisture to pool and a shortwave riding over the front by the middle of next week, a period of scattered showers and thunderstorms could break out. This is far into the future though, so we’ll monitor and expect to make adjustments as we get closer.
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