LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Rain has finally come to an end as the front has passed through Southwest Louisiana, but the afternoon has turned into a breezy one as winds are out of the north around 20 mph with gust up tp 30 mph. Temperatures will be falling this evening so if you plan on being out then make sure to grab a jacket as it will remain breezy as well as chilly.
We did manage to reach the lower 60′s this afternoon before the cooler and drier air arrived, but now we are watching the temperatures fall as we are back into the middle and upper 50′s for many locations. Some inland areas are even cooler as they are already in the lower 50′s and that will be the case for many as we move into the evening and overnight. Winds will continue to be gusty as we will keep the northerly direction around 10-15 mph overnight getting closer to 20 mph for our Monday afternoon. Temperatures continue to fall overnight and we can expect to start Monday out in the lower 40′s for the majority of Southwest Louisiana with the one positive being plenty of sunshine in the forecast. If you had hoped for cooler and more fall like weather, then you are in for a treat because we will be well below average for Monday and Tuesday afternoon despite the fact we see plenty of sunshine. Highs each afternoon are back into the middle and upper 50′s, which is running around 10 degrees cooler than we should be, but changes do arrive into Wednesday.
High pressure remains in charge through Tuesday, but moves far enough east on Wednesday that we see winds turning more out of the south once again and that will bring back our moisture and ultimately will mean higher rain chances. Before we reach that we will be watching for much cooler weather on the way for Monday night into Tuesday as many areas will see frost and more than likely a freeze as we drop back into the upper 20′s for inland zones to middle 30′s along and south of I-10. Any sensitive plants you have make sure to protect them and bring them inside as well as pets. We do moderate into Wednesday thanks to the change in the winds and that will allow us to reach the lower 60′s, but we will be tracking rain into the afternoon.
After the front passes on Thursday temperatures will fall once again as we look to end the week and start the next weekend out in the upper 50′s for our afternoons. Lows overnight will continue to remain in the upper 30′s to near 40 to round out the week, but with plenty of sun. For now make sure to find that heavier jacket as we will be dealing with much cooler weather to start the week, but thankfully plenty of sunshine as well.
Meteorologist Jacob Durham