The combination of southerly winds and an ample amount of sunshine tomorrow afternoon are expected to help drive temperatures to their highest point since Monday evening.
After a cloudy start to our Thursday, higher pressure migrating northeastward from the Mississippi Valley will supply the region with both southerly winds and clear skies. As a result, temperatures will reach the mid to upper 40s tomorrow afternoon; we’ll hit 46° here in Lafayette.
The warmer-than-average weather is expected to stick around through the beginning of the weekend ahead as well! The mid to low 50s will make a return to the viewing area as soon as Friday afternoon, though the warmth comes with a price. Winds are expected to gust as high as 40 mph that afternoon and evening as our next cold front approaches the state.
The advancing cold front will generate a broken line of scattered rain showers on Friday; it appears as though we can expect the first of the light rainfall to reach the region after dinnertime that evening. While temperatures are expected to remain mild for Saturday afternoon, the same cannot be said about Sunday.
The passing cold front Saturday evening will ensure that the end of the weekend and beginning of our next work week will not be as temperate as our unseasonably warm Friday and Saturday. Highs aren’t expected to climb much higher than the mid to upper 30s for both Sunday and Monday. Another round of warmth heads our way midway through next week, however there are hints of accumulating snowfall returning as soon as next Thursday. We’ll keep our eye on that one during the week ahead.