It was a mostly cloudy and cool Thursday for central Louisiana.
Lots of high and mid-level moisture streamed northeastward ahead of a developing storm system out west. The clouds inhibited solar heating but produced only a few sprinkles of rain.
Thursday began with a chill in the air as minimum temperatures ranged from the upper 30s to the middle 40s. The lowest temperature in the viewing area was 38 at Fairfield in Grant Parish. Winnfield, Jena, Natchez, Miss., and Esler airport all followed with 39 degrees. The average for the date is 49 degrees.
The cloudiness kept afternoon max temps in the 60s and lower 70s. Filtered sunshine enabled readings to reach 71 at Many but Natchez, Miss. only saw 61 degrees. The daily average is 72 degrees. A heat wave in 1907 brought a record high of 93 degrees.
Rain returns to the forecast Friday and Saturday ahead of a cold front. The front arrives Saturday night or early Sunday morning and will be followed by blustery conditions and much cooler air for next week.