By all accounts, Monday's weather was a pleasant way to begin the new week. It's interesting, however, that the wide range in temperatures during the day was like having two seasons: a late winter chill early followed by late spring warmth in the afternoon.
Morning lows ranged from the upper 30s to the upper 40s. Winnfield cratered to 37 degrees while Jena and Natchez, Miss. hit 39. Marksville stayed up at 48 degrees for the "warm" spot. Folks down south reported fog during the early part of the morning. The long-term daily average is 51 and the record is a cold 28 set in 1987.
Ample sunshine and a gusty southerly breeze forced a 40+ degree turn-around from the morning low to the afternoon high. Bellwood, Many, and Natchitoches all reported 81 degrees. Opelousas only made it up to 74. The long-term daily average is 74 and the record is 89 in 1946.
Moisture will increase Tuesday with a gray overcast, fog, and patchy drizzle possible early. The weather conditions will improve by afternoon as clouds will mix with sunshine.