The long-awaited cold front will ease through central Louisiana tonight.
Wednesday's convection led to cooler weather this morning. Lows ranged from the upper 60s to the lower 70s. Jena, Leesville, and Oakdale dropped to 67 degrees while Marksville and the Alexandria Power Plant saw 71. The long-term daily average is 72 and the record is 60 in 1924.
Afternoon highs climbed into the 90s at most locations. Bellwood topped out at 96 degrees while Simmesport only hit 89. The long-term daily average is 92 and the record is 102 in 1980.
Rain was hit and miss today with the most widespread rain observed in the western parishes, especially Beauregard and Vernon Parishes. DeRidder received 1.60 inches of rain from a storm and Fort Polk clocked a wind gust to 46 mph.
Drier air is slipping southwestward through central Louisiana tonight. The result will be a pleasant Fourth of July weather pattern.