FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cool weather settles in ahead of rain chances this week

By afternoon, clouds will be thicker with a sprinkle or two possible, but rain chances today will remain low

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cool weather settles in ahead of rain chances this week

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Morning temperatures are quite pleasant across the area with temperatures in the 50s and even some upper 40s for locations such as Fort Polk, DeRidder and Oakdale under mostly clear skies. Temperatures will slowly warm up through the morning as clouds begin to thicken up through the day. By afternoon, clouds will be thicker with a sprinkle or two possible, but rain chances today will remain low as highs top out around 70.

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cool week ahead as some rain returns

Through the evening, clouds will remain in place as temperatures drop through the 60s and eventually into the upper 50s overnight. A few sprinkles and eventually some light rain will be possible overnight and could make for a damp start for the morning commute for Tuesday. Light rain will continue to be possible through the first half of the day Tuesday as temperatures tomorrow remain rather cool, likely only briefly reaching the middle 60s by afternoon.

A stalled front along the Gulf of Mexico will serve as the focus for the development of a Gulf low that will begin to trek closer to the area during the day Wednesday. This will increase rain chances, especially by Wednesday night into Thursday morning as the low moves across the state.

The good news this week regarding the rain is that we are not expecting any extraordinarily high amounts from our system later this week with most areas around 1 to 2 inches at most through Thursday. Severe weather is also not expected this week.

After Thursday, a much quieter pattern returns with sunshine ahead for Friday and a dry reinforcing front on Saturday brings another push of very pleasantly cool air through the area through the weekend with highs in the 70s and lows at night in the 50s.

First Alert Meteorologist Ben Terry

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