LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The few showers that moved across Southwest Louisiana overnight have exited the region this morning with temperatures holding in the upper 50s to lower 60s across the area under cloudy skies and a damp feel. Other than a few wet sidewalks and streets the morning commute should be off to an okay start other than some areas of patchy fog that could form through sunrise.
Through the morning, clouds to give way to a few peeks of sunshine by afternoon with temperatures gradually warming up a bit more today with highs in the 70s this afternoon. The evening looks quiet with partly cloudy skies and temperatures that will again through the 60s during the evening and overnight, bottoming out around 60 degrees for Friday morning.
A marked warm-up kicks in Friday as onshore winds bring higher humidity and the return of more sun through the day will boost high temperatures up into the 80s. A couple late-afternoon or early evening showers will be possible tomorrow but only in a few isolated spots with rain chances lowered to 30% for tomorrow through sunset.
Our next cold front will push through the state during the day Saturday with only a few showers as it moves through. This passage will occur around midday Saturday with some lingering light shower activity possible behind through the front through early evening. Temperatures will initially warm up into the middle to upper 70s but cool a bit once the front moves through as breezy north winds return and drop lows by Sunday morning down into the 50s.
Sunday clears out as sunshine and breezy conditions set up through the day as highs top out in the upper 60s to lower 70s with gusty northerly winds between 10 and 20 mph. Lows Monday morning look to be the coolest of the next 7 days with widespread upper 40s north of I-10 and lows around 50 for the I-10 corridor and southward.
Computer models are indicating a threat for heavier rain developing by the middle to latter half of next week as Pacific moisture moves up along the Gulf and brings higher rain chances back starting next Wednesday into Thursday. The American model shows the onset of the heavier rain beginning Wednesday night through Thursday with the European model is a bit more aggressive with the heavier rain, beginning during the day Wednesday into Thursday.
1 to 2 inches of rain will be possible with this system between next Wednesday and Thursday.
First Alert Meteorologist Ben Terry