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Warmer temperatures continue; Rain chances perk up into Thursday

Posted at 8:51 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 23:20:50-04

The above normal temperatures set to continue across Acadiana.

Overnight lows into Thursday morning heading for the mid and upper 60s under mainly clear skies.

Areas of patchy fog possible once again for Thursday morning which will give way to partly clouds through Thursday afternoon.

It'll be another one with high temperatures back in the mid 80s.

The ridge of high pressure out in the Mid-Atlantic that has been so dominate will start to lose its grip and weaken a bit for Thursday allowing a shortwave trough to move into the region from the west.

This trough, along with the heating of the day, will help to give us at least a slightly better chance (30%) to see an afternoon storm or two. Best time for rain chances tomorrow will be from 4-7 p.m.

Any activity that gets going will quiet down by late evening giving way to partly cloudy skies through Friday morning.

Similar set-up can be expected for Friday as the trough moves right overhead. Rain chances will sit at around 30%.

Ridge of high pressure builds in for the weekend bringing rain chances back down.

Expect highs to settle into the lower and mid 80s by the weekend under partly cloudy skies.

Above normal temperatures will continue into at least the first parts of next week with minimal rain chances.

Beyond that time frame, the models differ big time on a solution for mid and late next week.

GFS brings in a strong cold front, while the Euro wants to build a ridge of high pressure into the Gulf of Mexico which would keep temperatures in the 80s through next week.

So, until we get a better consensus with the models, overall confidence in the forecast for days 7-10 remains low.

On that note, cooler weather for Halloween remains in jeopardy, but we will strongly be rooting for the GFS scenario to come to fruition!

In the Tropics: Hurricane Epsilon is now a major hurricane with winds of 115 mph..

It remains to threat to Acadiana as it continues out to sea.

Elsewhere, the tropics remain quiet at this time with NO threats to the area.

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