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FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Beautiful April afternoon; another on the way

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We enjoyed another beautiful April afternoon across south Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi on Tuesday and we can expect one more for Wednesday.

Skies will remain mainly clear through this evening, overnight, and continuing through Wednesday morning, with sunrise temperatures in the mid to upper 50s for metro Baton Rouge. Highs will climb to around 80° to the lower 80s on Wednesday afternoon under fair skies and the humidity remains comfortably low too.

We still expect to see a cold front slide through the area early Thursday. Set rain chances at 30 to 40 percent, mainly for Thursday’s morning and midday hours. We can’t entirely rule out a rumble or two of thunder, but we won’t have to deal with anything severe. Indeed, even those neighborhoods that do get wet on Thursday likely will see 0.1” of rain or less for the day.

Thursday morning will start with temperatures at dawn around 60° for the Capital region followed by afternoon highs in the mid 70s. With scattered showers ending near midday, clouds should thin through the afternoon and evening.

A second, followup front is expected to reach the area on Friday, but most of the regional moisture and potential storm energy will have been used up by Thursday’s frontal passage. As a result, while we won’t say "completely dry" for Friday, we’re expecting only a few passing afternoon showers, at most, with little or no accumulations.

All this sets up the WAFB area for an outstanding weekend with plenty of sunshine. The First Alert Forecast calls for a mostly sunny Saturday with fair skies for Sunday. Both mornings will see sunrise temperatures in the 50s for metro Baton Rouge with afternoon highs in the upper 70s on Saturday and around 80° to the low 80s on Sunday.

Heading into next week, we will stick with afternoons in the low 80s for Monday and Tuesday. Monday looks to be mainly dry under partly cloudy skies, but we will add in a 20 to 30 percent rain chance for Tuesday afternoon.

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