Plenty of sunshine and a slow moderating trend in temperatures are in the forecast for Acadiana into the weekend...changes however, are on the way Thanksgiving week.
In the near term, expect another cool start to our Thursday with temperatures in the low-mid 40s across the northern Acadiana parishes to mid-upper 40s along and south of the I-10 corridor.
High pressure centered over the Eastern U.S. will begin to slide eastward into the weekend, allowing for more easterly to southeasterly winds across the Acadiana area that will gradually translate to milder temperatures.
Plenty of sun is expected again for our Thursday with highs easily reaching the mid-70s.
Friday into the weekend will still call for mostly sunny skies, but there should finally be some clouds in the area in addition to some sporadic cane-burning smoke plumes that are so typical this time of year.
High temperatures should push into the upper 70s Friday and into the weekend, with a few spots possibly reaching 80°.
Acadiana's next front should arrive Sunday night, perhaps accompanied by a brief shower...at 20%.
Monday into most of Tuesday look to be quiet, albeit only slightly cooler, with showers and some thunderstorms expected to be a better bet going into Tuesday night courtesy of another front, but with more energetic upper support...so some thunderstorms will also be possible, primarily Tuesday night.
See the KATC 10 Day Forecast for the latest.
Thanksgiving Day for now looks to be partly cloudy with highs in the mid-70s.
After mid-next week, the longer range models are split on our weather pattern Black Friday into the following weekend.
Today we're following the European Model with the chance of showers and storms with a stronger front arriving by next Friday night...and there may be a severe weather threat with that system if the model pans out.
Meanwhile in the tropics, we are finally not tracking any active systems in the Atlantic Basin, and prospects of new systems developing looks quite limited at this time.
This hurricane season to date has been a record breaker for the number of storms, storms making U.S. landfall, and the amount of activity in the Gulf of Mexico and striking the Louisiana Coast to name a few.
In addition, we saw how lightning can strike twice...or in this case hurricanes, with two hurricanes making landfall within 15 miles or less of each other just weeks apart for both in Nicaragua (Eta and Iota) and Louisiana (Laura & Delta).
In fact, it was an incredible busy year for the entire Gulf and U.S. East Coasts as every parish and every county, except five, being impacted by at least tropical storm force winds from Texas to Maine.
And in some cases those tropical storm force winds penetrated several hundred miles inland...and more than two thirds of all of Louisiana's parishes experienced hurricane force winds.
What a year!
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