Apr 14, 2014 9:20 AM by Dave Baker
A strong cold front will bring unusually cold temperatures for April and possibly some records falling in Acadiana by mid week.
It will stay very warm and humid for most of the day Monday. Clouds will hang on and as the front moves in from the northwest, showers and storms will develop over Texas. Those storms will march southeastward and should gain intensity. Some of the storms along the Texas/Louisiana state line could produce hail and gusty winds. As the storms move toward Acadiana late this afternoon and early evening, the primary threat will be damaging winds. Most of the rain will end this evening and wind will shift to the north.
Temperatures will plummet behind the front, and by early Tuesday morning lows will be nearly 30 degrees colder than Monday morning's temperatures. Even with full sunshine Tuesday, the cold air will still be flowing in from the north, so temperatures are going to struggle to the 60 degree mark. If we stay below 61 we'll set a record for the coldest high temperature for April 15, a record that has been holding since 1928.
Tuesday night into Wednesday will be the coldest night of the week. The forecast is for mid to upper 30s, which should break or tie the record low of 38 for Wednesday morning. This record has also held since 1928. If you have your spring garden planted you need to make efforts to protect the young plants. We're not expecting a freeze, but some frost may be possible.
The winter of 2013-14 seems to be everlasting. But we have been in the 30s in recent history. Temperatures dropped to 37 degrees on April 15, 2008!