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Breezy, springlike with increasing rain chances later this weekend

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Acadiana's anomalously warm and breezy conditions will continue for a couple of more days with passing showers possible through Saturday.

Temperatures will continue to top out in the lower 80s Friday and Saturday while night-time/morning lows remain above the normal highs for this time of year...which is in the upper 60s. 

Rain chances Friday should be in the 30-40% range, and near 20-30% Saturday.

Breezy southeasterly winds Friday will turn more southerly and increase Saturday, with afternoon gusts likely pushing the 30-40 mph range ahead of a frontal boundary that will cross the area late Saturday night into Sunday.

Our rain chances will increase along with the chance of stronger thunderstorms late Saturday night, with a "marginal risk" of a few severe storms locally, per the Storm Prediction Center (SPC).

A higher risk of severe storms will be mostly likely north of the region, but the current outlook for severe storms may see an upgrade in categories this weekend, especially areas that are currently hatched in for a "slight" risk of severe storms. 

In the severe storm risk areas, a few supercell storms may form which will be capable of producing damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

Lingering rains and some embedded storms area expected area-wide Sunday, with the RPM FutureCast and European Models in fairly good agreement with the potential for 1-2" of rainfall possible, primarily from Saturday night into Sunday evening. A few spots locally may see more, but at this point no flooding is anticipated. 

Per the Weather Prediction Center (WPC), there will be a moderate risk of excessive rainfall farther to the north from Northeast Texas into portions of Arkansas and Mississippi over the next several days, with rain totals approaching 5-7" or more across a large chunk of the Mississippi River Valley, that could ultimately translate to higher Mississippi River levels in Louisiana in a couple of weeks.

Locally temperatures will cool into the 60s Sunday and with temperatures still above normal this time of year into next week.

It will become very warm and humid again mid-next week before a definitive front, and maybe some strong storms arrive Thursday.

This should set Acadiana up with the finest weekend weather this year!  See the latest KATC 10 Day Forecast for the latest!

Finally more record climate note: The asterisks win again! New Iberia stays on a roll! Another record high of 83 while Lafayette misses the high mark, but both stations set new record "maximum minimums" with lows of 73 obliterating the previous record lows of 68 in Lafayette and 66 in New Iberia, set in 1985.

    

The 73 degree low temperature reading in Lafayette ties the all time record low for the month of February, which as set just last year in 2017, while the all time record maximum low in New Iberia beat the record of 71 set back in 2017 too.

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