Unseasonably cold temperatures and rainy skies are clearing from the area, just in time for a warm and mostly sunny Easter weekend.
Though a few clouds from a system moving through the Gulf will linger Good Friday morning, sunshine is expected to return by afternoon, Donald Jones, National Weather Service meteorologist, said Thursday.
“We are pretty much done with the cool weather, and as far as Easter goes, it should be a pretty benign pattern and make for a good weekend,” Jones said.
High temperatures Friday are forecast to reach 78, beginning a warming trend that will reach 80 Saturday and Sunday.
This weekend’s weather will be a welcome relief from unseasonably cold temperatures that blew through Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana this week.
In the Port Arthur area temperatures dipped to a chilly 40 degrees Tuesday, while Lake Charles saw a record-breaking 36 during the cold snap.
Records were also broken in Alexandria, La., but not in Texas, Jones said.
A chance of rain is back in the local forecast for Monday and Tuesday, but only a 20 percent chance.
In the meantime, Jones said the Easter weekend should be pleasant, with southerly winds bringing temperatures back to normal for this time of year, just time for many Easter activities planned for the weekend.
Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt set for Saturday
Bring your flashlights and your Easter baskets, it’s time for the Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt.
Registration begins at 5 p.m. and the hunt begins at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at Barbara Jacket Park, 100 Gilham Circle.
The event is sponsored by the City of Port Arthur Department of Parks and Recreation, The Van Club, Marvelously Created, The Ivy League and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
All eggs are filled with a treat.
Organizers ask that you bring your camera for photos with the Easter Bunny.
There will be popcorn, snow cones, arts and crafts and games.
For more information about this free event, contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 983-8152.