The effects of Saturday's strong cold front lingered into Monday. The weather watchers said they welcome the change to cooler conditions.
Lows temperatures Monday morning fell to the upper 40s and lower 50s. The 30-year average is 58 degrees so it's no wonder why folks threw on a jacket on their way to work and school. The lowest temperature came from Jena with 47. Close behind were Winnfield, Natchez, Miss., Atlanta, Gum Springs, and Toledo Bend Dam with 48 degrees. DeRidder and Opelousas saw the highest temperatures at 53 degrees.
Clouds hung tough across much of central Louisiana well into the afternoon. This prevented maximum heating from being reached. Thus, max temperatures only ranged through the 60s, a full 15 degrees lower than normal.
Drier air will move through Cenla tonight. The sky will clear, the wind will lay, and high pressure at the surface is located over Arkansas and northern Mississippi. This pattern will set the stage for the lowest overnight temperatures since late April. The lowest readings tonight are expected in the Winnfield-Olla-Jena corridor with 40 or 41 degrees. The Natchez, Miss. area may see the thermometer drop to 41 or 42 degrees. Temperatures should hold in the upper 40s over the far southern Parishes, in urban areas, and near lakes and rivers.
Ample sunshine and a south to southwest wind are expected Tuesday so afternoon temperatures should be at least 10 degrees warmer, ranging from 75 to 81.
Enjoy the weather! I'll post again Tuesday.