LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - If you like cool temperatures, then you will love the forecast for the next few days!
With clear skies and calm winds, temperatures will drop rapidly tonight with lows by Tuesday morning ranging from the lower 30s north of I-10 to the upper 40s at the coast. Areas north of US Highway 190 could see patchy frost, so protect any outdoor plants that could be damaged.
Tuesday will be gorgeous with lots of sunshine and temperatures near normal for this time of year; that means highs in the low 70s. It will turn chilly again Tuesday night with lows by Wednesday morning only a few degrees warmer than Tuesday morning. This means lows in the upper 30s north of I-10 to mid 50s at the coast.
A warming trend will begin Wednesday as high pressure moves to our east and southerly winds return. The weather still looks nice through the end of the week, but temperatures will gradually increase each day. By the weekend afternoon highs may flirt with 80 degrees while lows will likely only reach the 60s!
The next cold front will approach our area late Sunday and likely move through on Monday. I am including a small 20% chance of rain Sunday and a 30% chance of scattered showers and storms Tuesday. This front will not bring any real change in temperatures. in fact, it will be followed by another cold front that will arrive Tuesday. This second front will bring a better chance of rain and thunderstorms; the chance of rain is 40%.
An even stronger cold front may arrive by the end of next week or next weekend, but this is beyond the 10 day forecast and subject to change.
Chief Meteorologist Wade Hampton