Changes in the weather pattern arrived Thursday as a strong cold front pushed through the area during the afternoon and evening.
The day began very warm and muggy with temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s, which is more like June. However, as the cold front moved through central Louisiana, the temperature fell quickly and the lows for the date occurred in the evening. Readings were already in the 40s across the northern part of the area by 8PM.
Afternoon highs were quite warm and muggy. Esler Airport hit 85 degrees while Simmesport recorded 83. The 30-year daily average for the date is 62 degrees and the record is 82 in 1995. In fact, International Airport (AEX) reported 82, which qualifies as a tie for that record.
The front was able to stir up modest amounts of rain. The highest totals came in from Vernon, Avoyelles, and Evangeline Parishes. Brouillette reported 0.45 inches; Bunkie 0.41, and Pine Prairie 0.40.
Temperatures will only continue to fall Friday with more rain.