LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Temperatures again this morning are rather chilly but just like yesterday will warm up quickly after the sun rises in the 6:30 a.m. half hour. We’ll get another beautiful day to enjoy here in Southwest Louisiana as breezes and low humidity keep the very pleasant feeling air in place through the day. Highs top out in the lower 70s this afternoon under an abundance of sunshine. We’ll get a couple more mornings in the 40s before the warmer air returns along with a few more dry days ahead.
High pressure that is established over the area will begin to move off to the east, drawing in more moisture which will send humidity values back on the increase later in the week as well. By Sunday, an approaching front will bring our first rain chances back into the forecast which look to be widely scattered, but could increase later in the night through early Monday as the front moves through.
Temperatures behind the front will drop slightly on Monday with lows heading back into the 50s Monday night. Another storm system moves through the area on Tuesday behind the front, bringing a better chance of more rain and maybe a few thunderstorms through the day Tuesday. The good news is that models now clear things out by the middle of next week and advertise a drier forecast for Thanksgiving with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s.
Hurricane Iota made landfall late last night along the coast of Nicaragua as a powerful category four hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. The storm is now inland and weakening but catastrophic flooding and landslides will continue through that region of Central America this week. A new area of tropical development is possible in that same general area as the National Hurricane Center gives a 40% chance of development slightly farther to the south which could impact Costa Rica over the next several days.
First Alert Meteorologist Ben Terry