The long Memorial Day holiday began Friday for many people and the weather cooperated with their outdoor plans.
Friday began pleasant with lows in the 60s. The thermometer at several sites fell to 64 degrees, including Leesville, Otis/Hineston, Union Hill/Glenmora, Esler Regional, Simpson, and Bunkie. Temperatures remained as high as 68 degrees at Hagewood, Marksville, and Natchez, Miss. These readings are near the benchmark normal of 66 degrees.
The afternoon was seasonally warm with a touch of humidity. A cold front lay along I-49 by the afternoon and made a difference in the observed maximum temperatures around the area. Natchez, Miss. only hit 82 degrees, where the front passed through Thursday night. In contrast, Hagewood saw a high of 91 degrees while Bellwood, Anacoco, Simpson, Peason Ridge, and Ville Platte hit 90. The 30-year daily average is 87 degrees.
The front should move very slowly toward the southwest this Memorial Day weekend. A few showers and thunderstorms may form along the front over southern and western sections of central Louisiana on Saturday. Otherwise, the weather looks good for the holiday weekend.
Have a good one!