Pleasant July weather continued Wednesday as central Louisiana residents prepared for the long Fourth of July weekend.
Once again, the morning brought a fallish feel to the air as lows ranged through the 60s. The thermometer at Winnfield fell all the way down to 60 degrees for the lowest reading reported. Jena followed closely with 61 degrees. Opelousas reported the highest reading with 68 degrees. The 30-year daily average is 72 degrees and the record is 60 set in 1924.
By the afternoon, temperatures had climbed into the upper 80s and the lower 90s. Simpson and Bellwood hit 92 degrees while Natchez, Miss. managed 86. The daily average is 92 degrees and the record is 102 during that long, hot summer of 1980.
Very little rain fell today across central Louisiana with only the northern part of Sabine Parish receiving measurable amounts.
The forecast for the Fourth offers little change. Enjoy the day and play safe!