After a cool spell that lasted several days, the inevitable warm-up began Wednesday morning as temperatures were about 20 degrees higher than Tuesday morning. Lows ranged through the upper 50s and the lower 60s. The lowest readings were found at the usual places such as Winnfield (59), Esler Airport (58), and Natchez, Miss. (57) but also at some unusual locations such as Opelousas (59) and Simmesport (59).
Afternoon highs were warmer than Tuesday but reflected the presence of a cold front that moved through Cenla during the afternoon. The lowest highs came in from Winnfield and Atlanta in the upper 70s. Other points registered the upper 80s, with Bellwood, Esler Airport, and Ville Platte leading the way with 88 degrees.
Despite the front making a bit of a difference Wednesday afternoon, it will wash out Thursday and warm weather will continue into early next week. Another front is expected to move into central Louisiana during the Sunday/Monday time frame. This front will trigger some rain but will not lead to any noticeable cooling.
Don't turn the A/C off yet!