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By all accounts, Monday was a pleasant day as temperatures rose into the 70s at many locations.

The day began, however, with a chill. Southern viewers noted a heavy fog while northern viewers reported frost. The thermometer at Winnfield dropped all the way down to 26 degrees. Other cold spots were Leesville, Jena, and Esler Airport with 28 degrees. Temperatures stayed in the middle 30s at Marksville, Bunkie, Simmesport, Ville Platte, Eunice and Pine Prairie. The long-term daily average is 38 and the record is 15 set in 1940.

Southwesterly breezes led to a rapid warm-up by afternoon as temperatures turned around 40+ degrees at many cities and towns. Many and Bellwood warmed to 74 while Williana, Simpson, and Natchez, Miss. held in the upper 60s. The long-term daily average is 59 and the record is 87 in 1895.

A cold front sweeps through central Louisiana late Monday night. A chilly wind will follow the front Tuesday.

Tom Konvicka

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