The new week began with a taste of fall in the air and everyone I talked to said they enjoyed it.
Temperatures ranged from the lower 60s to near 70 degrees. Leesville and Oakdale recorded 63 degrees for the lowest temperature around central Louisiana this morning. Marksville, Opelousas, Simmesport, and the D.G. Hunter Power Plant in Alexandria all reported a low of 70 degrees. The daily average is 72 and the record is 63 set in 1963.
The pattern of afternoon highs was interesting. The western part of central Louisiana saw their thermometers in the 90s while central and eastern sections stayed in the 80s. Opelousas, Charles Park, and Natchez, Miss. only managed the middle 80s. In contrast, Bellwood hit 96 and Many 95 degrees. The daily average is 94 degrees and the record is a blistering 106 set in 1909.
High pressure aloft will build over central Louisiana for the remainder of the week and this will allow temperature to climb, although it will not be as hot as the first part of the month. This pattern will also keep the coverage of rain low.