Picture-perfect weather is on tap for Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette early this week. But Thursday could be another story.

High pressure will stick around the area Monday through Wednesday, helping to keep the skies sunny, high temperatures near 70 and low temperatures in the 40s, according to the National Weather Service.

But a system arrives Thursday and brings lower temperatures and showers. The NWS isn't expecting wintry precipitation.

"Continue to expect a cold rain late Thursday into Friday," the NWS said in its latest forecast discussion.

The highest chance of rain will be Thursday afternoon night. Highs on Thursday and Friday will be in the lows 50s. And lows will be the in the mid 30s to around 40 degrees.

So far, the weekend looks good. Sunny skies with highs in the 50s and lows around 40.