Last week's cold is quickly becoming a memory as a much warmer weather pattern has taken hold this week.
This morning's temperature pattern was interesting and variable. Natchitoches reported 49 degrees while Simmesport only fell to 64 degrees. Moisture was moving in from the south Monday night and Tuesday morning and this stopped the temperature drop in the southern parishes. All readings this morning were above the long-term daily average of 42. The record is 21 in 1929.
Afternoon highs ranged through the 70s except at Opelousas, where the thermometer hit 80 degrees. Simpson in northeastern Vernon Parish was the cool spot with 74. The daily average is 63 and the record is 84 in 1995.
Little change in the weather pattern is expected Wednesday.