The weather in Acadiana will feel more like the month of May than March this week with more afternoon sunshine accompanied by temperatures rising well into the mid-80s.
Records for Lafayette this time of year generally range in the 86-89 degree range, so we'll probably be just short of setting records, but one or two days we'll likely get close, especially toward the latter part of the week into Saturday.
In the near term, expect a breezy and mild Monday evening with temperatures holding in the upper 60s to lower 70s for morning lows.
Fair skies will yield to mostly cloudy conditions by Monday morning.
Tuesday will bring morning clouds followed by intervals of afternoon sunshine with temperatures topping out in the low-mid 80s.
Breezy south to southwest winds near 12-20 mph with gust 25-28 mph should limit some of the heating Tuesday.
Winds should relax and turn more westerly into Wednesday which will mean more sunshine and warmer high temperatures, near 85-86.
Fair to partly cloudy skies will continue Thursday and Friday with winds increasing again Friday ahead of a frontal boundary (and low pressure well to our north) that will push through the area late Saturday.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are therefore forecast for the latter part of Saturday afternoon into the evening hours, followed by drier and cooler conditions, Sunday.
Thereafter, showers could return late Monday with a potential cool and wet weather system Tuesday into Wednesday.
Per the Euro Model, we could see temperatures closer to the 50s to lower 60s for a couple of days (Tuesday/Wednesday) before warming back up later next week...this part of the forecast is certainly subject to change.
See the KATC 10 Day Forecast for the latest.