Monday, November 24, 2014

Cool & Dry Week Ahead

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

WAFB First Alert Quickcast:
- stays cool and dry for Thanksgiving week
- warmer but still dry for the upcoming weekend

There’s not a lot to chat about, so we’ll keep this short …

We enjoyed a nice autumn day today: started the day in the upper 50°s and saw temperatures climb into the upper 60°s across the metro area under a mainly sunny skies -- just a few, thin cirrus clouds. As expected, a “dry” cold front moved through the region earlier in the day, delivering a less-humid air mass. A substantial cool-down begins this evening with local conditions remaining dry and pleasantly cool through the rest of the week.

We’ll have a real Louisiana autumn feel for the Thanksgiving week with temps running just a little below late-November norms through Friday. The weather cooperates nicely for those taking a little time off and for the school kids that get to enjoy an extended break.

After a Baton Rouge morning start in the low 40°s for Tuesday, our forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies for the afternoon. Just a weak disturbance making a fly-by and not enough moisture to produce any rain; we’re expecting highs on Tuesday in the upper 50°s to near 60° for the Red Stick.

Wednesday morning is shaping up to be the coldest morning this week with lows in the mid to upper 30°s. We don’t expect any significant freezes, although one or two of those usual “cold spots” to the north and east of metro Baton Rouge -- especially north of the LA/MS state line -- might briefly dip to near 32°.

We’ll keep mainly-sunny weather on the forecast board for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with highs for all three days in the mid to upper 60°s for the Capital City. Yes, it’s looking good for the holiday gatherings on Thanksgiving Thursday and for those bargain hunters as we head into Black Friday and the weekend.

Even the weekend stays dry the way things look right now, although it gets warmer. We’re thinking 70°s for highs on Saturday and Sunday across just about the entire viewing area.

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