Monday, April 23, 2012

Record Lows Tuesday?

Wow…what a gorgeous run of weather over the last couple of days!

Most of us have been able to give the A/C a break today, with daytime temps struggling to reach 70° this afternoon. And you’ll certainly want to make sure it’s off before you go to bed tonight, with record lows possible on Tuesday morning! That’s right, record lows! We’re forecasting 44° for a morning start in Baton Rouge, which would surpass the record for the date of 45° last set in 2005.

Enjoy this late-April cool-down while it lasts, because a significant warm-up will take place rather quickly through the remainder of the week. Great weather continues for at least one more day on Tuesday. After our chilly start in the 40°s, highs will rebound into the mid 70°s under plenty of sunshine.

A shift in the large-scale weather pattern across the nation will result in our warm-up for the mid to latter portion of the week. A large upper-level trough currently resides along the East Coast, with a storm system dumping some significant snows in portions of the Northeast. We’re on the backside of this trough, where a northwest flow is helping to pump relatively cool and dry air into the region. However, this trough will quickly lift out over the next couple of days, being replaced an upper-level ridge currently centered out to our west. These ‘ridges’ generally mean warm and mainly dry weather and that’s what we expect from Wednesday into the weekend.

Morning lows will climb from the 40°s tomorrow to the upper 50°s Wednesday to the mid 60°s for the remainder of the week. After a day in the mid 70°s on Tuesday, look for highs to soar into the low to mid 80°s for the remainder of the week.

It looks as though our next chance of rain may come Sunday into Monday as a cool front attempts to approach from the north. It remains to be seen whether this front will actually push through the area, but we’ll at least put the mention of a few showers and t-storms in the forecast with its approach.

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