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More record warmth today, but some severe weather is possible tonight into Monday

You can expect another very unseasonably warm and humid day across Southeast Louisiana with some record highs!  Record highs are 80 for New Orleans and Audubon, and 78 for Slidell.  We will be mostly cloudy and could see an isolated shower or storm with highs in the lower 80s.  

The weather will change beginning tonight as a strong cold front moves toward the New Orleans area.  Showers and storms will form ahead of a squall line that will move toward us from Texas.  Ahead of that line, we could see scattered thunderstorms, and they could be strong to severe with a few tornadoes, damaging winds, hail and heavy rain.  SPC has us in a Slight Risk for severe weather tonight/Monday Morning.  Lows will fall to the upper 60s.  Make sure you stay tuned to WWL-TV and my Facebook and Twitter feeds for weather updates! 

Monday Morning will start out stormy as the squall line and cold front move into New Orleans between 5-8 AM.  These storms could also be strong to severe with a few tornadoes, damaging winds, hail and heavy rain. Once the cold front moves through, temperatures will fall and it will become windy.  High temperatures in the upper 60s will occur in the morning, but they will fall to the lower 60s by late morning and drop into the upper 50s by the late-afternoon.  

Any rain will end by Monday Night and we will continue to be mostly cloudy and breezy.  We will become much cooler with lows in the 40s.  

Tuesday will be a mainly dry and cooler day with mostly cloudy skies and highs around 60.  Tuesday Night will see a change in the weather again as the cold front retreats back to the north.  This will give us steady temperatures around 60, but it will bring us scattered showers once again.  

Wednesday will be another stormy day as the cold front continues to move to the north.  Some heavy rain will be possible along with scattered thunderstorms.  I'm not expect any severe weather at this time, but a few storms could be strong with gusty winds.  Highs will be in the mid 60s.

We will finally start to dry out on Thursday and this drying trend continues into the weekend.  We will also become MUCH COOLER with highs only in the 50s for the rest of the week!  Finally some Winter Temperatures!  Lows will be in the 40s. 


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