LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - A very nice end to the weekend as we have seen plenty of sunshine as well as a few clouds moving in from time to time, but we have warmed into the upper 60′s and even to near 70 here in the lake area. This is all because of the high pressure that has been over our area since the end of the day on Friday, but it is gradually drifting off to the east as we move forward in time and that has since changed our wind direction from the east on Saturday to the south today. We have been watching dew point values increase as well which has led to a little more moisture in the air. As we move into tonight we will remain dry and much warmer than we saw last evening as dew point values and southerly winds help to keep us in the upper 50′s to near 60 for lows.
As we start out the new work week you will definitely want to keep the rain jacket handy as we all as the umbrella for Monday and Tuesday as latest guidance shows scattered showers around for Monday. We will be warm once again as we see temperatures warming into the upper 70′s so if you love the warmer weather enjoy tomorrow, because a cool down is on the way for the rest of the week. Monday starting off we could see a few scattered showers around as well as a few isolated thunderstorms for the afternoon hours , but for the most part the widespread rain stays away until the later evening and overnight hours. Still as you head off to work and school make sure to grab that rain jacket as just about any point in the day we may encounter one of those showers. The moisture continues to increase throughout the day and as we move into the overnight hours so does the chances for rain around Southwest Louisiana. Overnight lows will be very close to our highs for Tuesday and we can expect lows to start the day off around the upper 50′s with highs being in the low 60′s for Tuesday. Rain will definitely be a factor as we go into Tuesday as the front is making its way through and the temperatures will begin to drop during the late afternoon and evening as that front finally clears the area. Tuesday is definitely going to be the wettest out of the two days as we deal with more widespread rain in comparison to Monday. A few showers could linger into the very early morning hours of Wednesday, but we will begin to start the clearing process after a very soggy start to the new work week. When its all said and done rain totals will range from three quarters of an inch to around an inch, with locally heavier amounts where some of the heavier rain falls.
If you are looking to find temperatures that feel much more like December then I have the forecast for you coming up in the second half of the work week as we see temperatures much closer to average. Wednesday morning we will start in the lower 40′s and even a few upper 30′s, with highs only reaching the upper 50′s as we see partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies, but the good news is we are remaining dry. More of the same can be expected for Thursday as clouds are still around the area as a disturbance is off to our east helping to bring unsettled weather off to the east, but still close enough to provide cloud cover. Friday temperatures begin to warm just a little as we see clearing into the overnight time period, which will set up a nice looking weekend.