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Sunshine and warmer temperatures return this holiday week

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Dec 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-22 17:16:31-05

As the upper level low producing widespread showers for the southeast moves off the east coast on Monday high pressure will begin to build into the region allowing for bright sunny skies to return to Acadiana.

With the extra sunshine on Monday temperatures will be on the rise warming into the mid 60s, back to normal for this time of year.

Now there will still be a decent breeze out of the NNW at 10-20 mph adding a little chill to the air on Monday.

Christmas Eve looks fantastic with mostly sunny skies and highs in the lower 70s.

Some high clouds will slide over Acadiana during the afternoon on Christmas but temperatures will still be quite mild in the lower 70s.

Clouds will continue to increase after the holidays on Thursday and Friday.

Also, with a southerly breeze developing for the second half of the week a stray shower will be possible Thursday and Friday afternoon.

Beyond Friday the long range models go in 2 different directions.

The European model, which I am following, keeps the weekend fairly dry outside a couple isolated showers as our next front is not expected to arrive until the following Monday producing scattered showers across the bayou state.

However, the GFS has the front arriving much sooner swinging through the region Saturday afternoon/evening with drier and slightly cooler conditions behind the front lasting until after the New Years holiday.

Hopefully in the coming days the models will come into better agreement as to the arrive time of this next frontal system and rain chances for Acaidana.