Thursday, April 26, 2012

Breezy & Warm Into the Weekend

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

The forecast for the next couple of days is simple: staying breezy and staying warm.  Morning starts will be in the 60°s for the next 7 days, at least, with patchy wake-up fog possible, especially over the weekend.  Afternoon highs will climb into the mid and upper 80°s for most of us over the next several days, continuing our 2012 trend of warmer-than-normal weather.
And you will notice the Gulf air mass as well, with somewhat muggy mornings and afternoons that may feel like 90° or more, especially in places where the winds are relatively light.  Yes indeed, summer is just around the corner, and if our 2012 trends continue for the next few weeks, our traditional South Louisiana “heat-n-humidity” may get here long before June!
Ridging aloft will continue to suppress cloud development in the afternoons -- we think that this will be particularly true for Saturday and Sunday when we are calling for mainly fair skies for the two afternoons.  But the low-level Gulf humidity we’re feeling will combine with overnight cooling to produce some low-level morning clouds and even some patchy fog.  But once the sun rises, the morning warm-up should break down the fog and clouds relatively quickly.
And the outlook remains mainly dry for the upcoming seven days.  Sure, we might see a brief, spotty afternoon shower or two during the afternoons next week, but for now the first real mention of rain doesn’t arrive until Thursday -- and that is a modest 20%!
So enjoy the dry albeit warm weather over the coming days. It’s looking good for Friday’s “Live After Five, “ the Louisiana Bicentennial celebration gets going in a big way downtown on Saturday, and don’t forget Saturday morning’s 2012 March of Dimes “March for Babies” -- come join 1000s from the greater Baton Rouge area, including several WAFB family members, in support of research for healthy babies and solutions to birth defects!

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