Acadiana's weather pattern will stay on a roll into the weekend with a gradual warming trend in the forecast, while powerful Hurricane Eta will continue to rake portions of Central America.
Expect another cool one for the area into Wednesday morning with lows dropping into the low-mid 40s.
Plenty of sunshine continues Wednesday thanks to a persistent ridge of high pressure aloft and at the surface.
Temperatures will warm into the mid-70s across the area Wednesday afternoon.
Temperatures Wednesday night into Thursday morning will still be cool, but a touch milder with readings in the upper 40s to lower 50s.
Fair to partly cloudy skies are anticipated Thursday and Friday with highs in the mid-upper 70s.
Expect more nice weather is anticipated this weekend with partly cloudy skies and temperatures pushing into the lower 80s.
Some additional atmospheric moisture should works its way into the region Saturday allowing for the possibility of a few isolated showers, perhaps into Sunday too, but rain chances should be 20% or less.
It looks fairly quiet into next week and we should be waiting on a frontal system by mid-week, which could ultimately influence whatever may be left of Hurricane Eta.
Hurricane Eta remained a powerful category 4 with 140 mph winds Tuesday afternoon as it was slowly working its way into Northeast Nicaragua.
In addition catastrophic damaging winds, up to a 21 ft surge and rainfall up to 2 ft will produce widespread flash flooding & landslides in the mountainous terrain of Nicaragua & Honduras.
The storm should get shredded by the mountains through Wednesday, but remnants of the system should reemerge in the Northwest Caribbean by the end of the week, with potentially a much weaker system that may go on to impact Cuba & South Florida later this weekend into mid-next week.
Eta should regain at least tropical storm strength prior to threatening South Florida by late in the weekend.
It should be noted that both the Euro and GFS models are hinting that the storm may also work its way back into the Eastern Gulf of Mexico going on to impact portions of the Northern Gulf Coast, and in particular (and most likely) the Florida Panhandle before getting picked up by the aforementioned front trough.
While it would be extremely rare and historical if this system would work its way far enough to the west to threaten Louisiana, we should take any system seriously if it does indeed work its way into the Gulf next week.
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