Record low temperatures possible in Acadiana Wednesday morning

Fox15 Futurecast
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 11:50am

When you woke up Tuesday morning, you certainly noticed the cooler than normal temperatures across south Louisiana. Brace yourself: even colder weather is on the way Wednesday. In fact, it's going to be so cold we have the potential to set records in Acadiana.

Now for the numbers. Our Fox15 Futurecast calls for a low temperature of 36 degrees Wednesday morning! If we hit 36 degrees, it'll be record-breaking cold for April 16 in Lafayette. As of now, the coldest temperature we've seen is 37 degrees, and that record was set on April 16, 2008, in Lafayette, according to records we've obtained from the National Weather Service. Normal temperatures for this time of year are 78 degrees for the high, and 57 degrees for the low.

The cold front that's pushed into our area has dried out the atmosphere quite a bit, and drier air cools down quickly. By Tuesday night, winds will die down a bit, and that makes it even easier for temperatures to drop quickly. We'll see even cooler temperatures North of Lafayette. The projected low temperature overnight in Opelousas, LA is 34 degrees.

Our friends along the coast will see slightly warmer temperatures, but it'll still be cold! We should be in the 40's along the coast overnight.

So, if you took advantage of the nice temperatures over this past weekend and put new plants out in your yard, you're going to want to take some steps to protect them overnight. You should take the necessary steps to protect sensitive plants overnight by covering them or moving them to a covered location until the cold temperatures have passed. It's also a good idea to make sure any outside animals have a warm place to snuggle up Tuesday night. Take caution with your family as well. If you use space heaters for heat, be sure to follow all safety protocols to keep you and your family safe.

Luckily, we'll start warming up Wednesday afternoon. We should be well into the 40's by mid-morning on Wednesday. And we'll see a warming trend as we head toward the weekend.  

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