Cloudy, warm conditions to pose little risk to Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans

After cool conditions plagued the 2016 Mardi Gras festivities, much warmer conditions in 2017 will have festival-goers ditching winter attire.

“Mardi Gras will be much warmer this year compared to last year in New Orleans when the high temperature only reached 59 F,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun.

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Revelers scream for beads during the Krewe of Endymion Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

High temperatures this year are forecast to soar into the lower 80s, resembling temperatures more typical of late-April than the last day of February, Rathbun added.

Although high humidity will accompany the warmth, cloudy skies are in store both on Tuesday and Tuesday night.

The clouds should prevent AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures from climbing more than a few degrees above the actual air temperature.

For those venturing outdoors to enjoy exotic cuisine, refreshing beverages and the Mardi Gras parade, jackets and sweatshirts can be traded for shorts and t-shirts or other light-weight but festive attire.

Warm conditions will prevail at night as temperatures may struggle to dip below 70 degrees Fahrenheit for much of the time.

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“The cloudy skies may yield a bit of light drizzle at times on Tuesday, but heavier rain and gusty thunderstorms will remain well to the north and west of New Orleans through Tuesday night,” Rathbun said.

The only other fly in the ointment may come in the form of fog late Tuesday night which could limit roadway visibilities for those choosing to get an early start on the drive home.

Rathbun mentioned that showers and thunderstorms, as well as cooler and less humid air, are in store for people staying in New Orleans on Wednesday afternoon and evening following the conclusion of Mardi Gras celebrations.