Spring-like temperatures will continue for Acadiana for the rest of the week, and in spite of a fizzling front arriving this weekend, it shouldn't get significantly cooler.
Meanwhile, in the near-term, thanks to the warm moist air riding across the chilled shelf waters of the Gulf of Mexico, a Dense Fog Advisory is in effect for all of Acadiana through noon Thursday, and 6pm along the coastal parishes.
The fog will be slow to lift Thursday with partly to mostly sunny skies expected inland allowing for temperatures to rise from the morning lows in the mid-60s into the mid-upper 70s during the afternoon.
A few spots may see 80 degrees Thursday, such as New Iberia did Wednesday...more on that later.
Closer to the coast, the fog and clouds Thursday will be much slower to burn off, if it does at all, so temperatures closer to the coast should be cooler.
Fog could be an issue again going into Thursday night into Friday morning with another spring-like day expected Friday afternoon. Temperatures should manage to reach the mid-upper 70s again Friday.
A cool front will approach the region late Friday, but will become nearly stationary across the area, likely moving back to the north by the end of the weekend.
This feature will insure that plenty of clouds will linger along with the chance of scattered showers, mainly late Friday into Saturday.
Rain chances will be near 20% Friday afternoon, increasing to 30-40% Friday night into Saturday, then decreasing back down to near 20% Sunday.
Temperatures this weekend will be a tricky proposition to forecast accurately, but there will be some cooling, but not as much along the coast, but perhaps more significantly cooler in the northern parishes of Acadiana.
For now it appears that highs will be closer to the lower to mid 70s for Lafayette and the I-10 corridor southward this weekend, while night-time lows duck down into the mid-upper 50s.
Spring-like conditions will resume early next week with partly to mostly cloudy skies accompanied by afternoon temperatures in the upper 70s to near 80.
Thereafter the weather pattern looks to get wetter and slightly cooler mid-late next week.
Climate notes for Wednesday February 14: Today was the warmest day in a couple of months...79F in Lafayette was 1 degree shy of the record set in 1980 and warmest day locally since December 20th.
Meanwhile, New Iberia reported 80F which tied the record for the date and is the warmest reading here since November 29th.
And on this date in 1895, the biggest snow in South Louisiana history occurred with the all time record for Lafayette of 14" reported, 20" in Crowley, and 24" in Rayne, which remains the Louisiana state record!
Snow graphic below courtesy: Matt Lanza
You can read more about the big snow via Houston meteorologist Matt Lanza's Space City Weather blog here.
Lake Charles, LA in 1895 courtesy of Wikipedia: