Mardi Gras day forecast in New Orleans: Sunny and cold

Mardi Gras in New Orleans will be cold, but at least it will be dry and sunny, according to the forecast from the National Weather Service.(File photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com |The Times-Picayune)

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Mardi Gras in New Orleans will be cold, but at least it will be dry and sunny, according to the forecast from the National Weather Service.(File photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com |The Times-Picayune)

Happy Mardi Gras! It’s going to be a cold one in New Orleans, but at least it will be dry and sunny, according to the forecast from the National Weather Service.

The morning is starting off in the 30s with the temperatures expected to warm into the 40s by noon. New Orleans is expected to hit its high of 50 degrees around 5 p.m. However, with wind chill, it will feel like the 30s and 40s all day, forecasters said.

Temperatures are expected to climb back into the 70s by Friday and rain chances return for the weekend.

Here’s the full forecast from the National Weather Service:

Mardi Gras: Sunny, with a high near 50. At night, clear, with a low around 37.

Ash Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 54. At night, mostly clear, with a low around 45.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. At night, mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. At night, mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 76. At night, showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 64.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. At night, a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

See the details forecast.

Carlie Kollath Wells is a morning reporter at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. Have an early-bird tip? Send it to her: cwells@nola.com or Twitter @carlie_kollath.