Acadiana will emerge from its recent, measly 36 hour winter chill into the weekend, with plenty of cloud cover, milder temperatures, and accompanied by the slight chance of a few showers.
It will feel downright spring-like moving into next week with daily highs pushing into the mid-70s along with a better daily chance of scattered showers and a few storms until the next cold front arrives in about a week’s time.
In the near term, weak and elongated low pressure in the Western Gulf of Mexico will produce widespread showers and thunderstorms mainly offshore overnight, with some of the northern fringes of that activity impinging upon mainly the coastal parishes through Friday morning.
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Rain chances will be in the 30% range for the area overnight, but will likely be a little higher right along the immediate coast.
Expect milder temperatures overnight to hold in the lower 50s accompanied by breezy easterly winds.
Friday and Saturday will bring more cloud cover, a few peeks of the sun from time to time, and milder temperatures.
Highs Friday will reach well into the mid-60s accompanied by a slight chance of a passing shower or two, at 20%.
Saturdays temperatures will be milder yet, with highs in the upper 60s to near 70 in a few spots.
Rain chances this weekend should stay in the 20% range Saturday and near 30% Sunday as a deeper draw of weather comes from the Gulf of Mexico.
Highs Sunday should reach the lower 70s.
The real spring feel will be with Acadiana Monday through Wednesday with daily highs pushing well into the mid-70s thanks to an extended period of breezy southerly winds.
But with the spring-like temperatures, will come the spring-like chance of scattered showers and a few thunderstorms, with rain chances bouncing between 20-40% on any given day.
See the KATC 10 Day Forecast for the latest.
The next cold front should arrive sometime early Thursday with overrunning chilly rains likely to follow the front into Thursday night.
Acadiana may squeeze one sunny, but cool day in next Friday, before the clouds and showers (and milder temperatures) should return for the following weekend.
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