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Much cooler, clouds and rain chances stay…

After temperatures near 80 accompanied by scattered showers Friday afternoon, Acadiana can expect much cooler temperatures Friday, but unfortunately, the clouds and the chance of rain will likely stay.

Winds will pick up out of the north after midnight with cooler temperatures dropping into the mid-upper 50s likely by morning.

A few spotty light showers or patchy drizzle will be possible through Friday morning with a break in the precipitation, and perhaps a few breaks in the clouds, around midday.

Latest Radar:

 

A disturbance embedded in the sub-tropical jet stream will likely spark a fairly good chance of showers again late Friday afternoon into Friday evening. Highest rain chances look to be along the I-10 parishes southward.

Rain chances will stay in the 20-30% through much of Friday, but should increase closer to 60-70% into early evening.

Temperatures Friday will top out in the upper 50s, and with cloud cover and breezy north winds, it will feel even cooler.

The rain shower activity will gradually shift southward Saturday, but we still cannot rule out some showers inland, especially along the coastal parishes into the afternoon, but rain chances should be closer to 20-30%.

Temperatures will again hold in the 50s Saturday.

Sunday should be drier, but mostly cloudy skies should persist, although there could be a few breaks in the clouds during the course of the day.

Temperatures Sunday should push into the low to mid 60s.

Temperatures at night this weekend will be dropping into the upper 40s.

More clouds (perhaps with a few breaks) are anticipated Monday, while temperatures moderate back into the mid-upper 60s.

The best news in weeks is that mostly sunny skies and pleasant temperatures should return to Acadiana for up to a 3 day period from Tuesday through Thursday…and maybe part of Friday.

Latest Long Range European Model:

 

Overall it has indeed been a gloomy start to 2019…Lafayette has seen a total of 8 mostly sunny days since the start of the New Year with only 4 sunny days in January, 3 days in February and one day so far in March…checking the latest 10 Day Forecast should brighten your otherwise cloudy day.

A good part of the extensive cloud cover this year can be attributed an over-achieving, El Niño enhance, sub-tropical jet stream that has been overhead the Gulf Coast for much of the last two and a half months.

Rob Perillo

Rob Perillo

Rob Perillo is the Chief Meteorologist for KATC-TV3's Acadiana's NewsChannel.  Rob has 30 years of experience in forecasting Acadiana's weather and has tracked hundreds of tropical storms and hurricanes during his career including major Louisiana storms such as Andrew, Lili, Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike.
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