Near record highs and showers continue

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Posted at 5:29 AM, Dec 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-29 06:29:44-05

So far this December has been the second warmest on record, and with a stretch of record/near record temperatures this may end up as the hottest December ever in Lafayette.

Those numbers will get a boost from highs in the low 80s on Wednesday afternoon, and lows that will struggle to get out of the 70s.

All of this has been the result of a very warm, very muggy air mass that looks like it will produce scattered showers and some thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon.

The chance for any severe weather is slim, but storms along and east of the Atchafalaya Basin should be monitored.

There doesn't seem to be any break from the heat at all this week with highs continuing to flirt with records through the rest of the year, before a major shift in the pattern arrives.

An aggressive front will move through on Saturday bringing a round of strong showers and storms into the area for New Year's Day.

Once it clears out it will leave behind some of the coldest weather we've had this season with temperatures likely dropping 40 degrees from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning.

This will then be followed by our first freeze of the season early next week.

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