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A Warming Trend Begins Today

We will not be as cold today as the area of high pressure moves east of Louisiana.  This will bring us NE to E winds and they will be lighter.  It will be partly cloudy with highs in the mid 50s.  I would still bring your heavy coat with you today, but you may not want the hat and gloves by this afternoon.  Tonight will be partly cloudy and not as cold with lows in the 40s.  

Wednesday will be much warmer as SE winds return with partly cloudy skies.  Highs will be back in the mid 60s - just above what it should be this time of year.  A cold front will move toward us on Wednesday Night with partly to mostly cloudy skies.  Lows will be in the 50s.  

The cold front will move through on Thursday, but I'm not expecting much rain with it. Look for only a stray shower as the front passes through by midday.  We will be mild with highs in the mid 60s, but the temperatures will slowly fall in the afternoon into the 50s.  Friday will only be a few degrees cooler behind the cold front with plenty of sunshine and highs in the lower 60s.  

Christmas Weekend: Get ready for a big warm-up for Christmas Weekend!  Saturday will be partly cloudy and mild with highs in the lower 70s.  

Christmas Day will continue to be unseasonably mild with near record highs in the mid to upper 70s.  We had a record high last Christmas of 82° in New Orleans, so we could make a run at that again this year!  The forecast models keep trending toward warmer temperatures.  If you are wanting a cool-down, it looks like a cold front is forecast to move through by the middle of next week with some cooler air behind it. 


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