After a clear, cool start to the week, the weather pattern has changed and moisture is returning to central Louisiana.
Morning low temperatures were near seasonal levels. The lowest reading came from Winnfield with 53 degrees. Opelousas and Marksville reported the highest readings at 60 degrees. The daily average is 57 degrees and the record is 37 in 2000. Patchy fog greeted commuters as they headed to work and school.
Daytime maximum temperatures climbed into the 80s under a partly cloudy sky. Simmesport, Esler airport, and Montgomery reported 88 degrees while Natchez, Miss. made it up to 82 degrees. The daily average is 81 degrees and the record is 93 set in 1963.
One lone shower affected the area around Eunice, Ville Platte, and Opelousas. The Duplechin family, located five miles east of Ville Platte, measured about one-quarter inch of rain. This is proof that the weather pattern is changing as the moisture is increasing.
The weekend promises higher rain chances and warmer than normal temperatures.