I spoke to lots of folks today and they agreed that it was a delightful Wednesday. Morning lows were mostly in the 50s with Winnfield, Bellwood, Leesville, and Jena the coolest destinations with 52 degrees. The highest readings this morning came from Opelousas at 61 degrees and Ville Platte and Simmesport at 60. The 30-year average for this date is 60 degrees, so it was a bit cooler this morning than usual.
Ample sunshine brought afternoon high temperatures into the 80s. The warm spots were Bellwood and Ville Platte with 85 degrees. On the other side of the thermometer, Many, Hagewood, and Charles Park hit 81 degrees. The 30-year benchmark normal is 83 degrees, so today was a typical early October afternoon.
A warming trend will continue and will coax thermometers up to around 90 degrees Friday but a significant cool down is expected by Sunday as a batch of Canadian air arrives Saturday night. Light post-frontal rain and drizzle are likely Sunday as the cool air really becomes established. That may be the day some folks get out that gumbo or chili pot in response to the cool spell.