It was really cold – historically cold, in fact – Wednesday morning in southeast Louisiana.
In New Orleans, temperatures dropped to 20 degrees shortly before 6 a.m. at the Louis Armstrong International Airport, breaking the record low of 23 degrees on Jan. 17 previously set in 1977.
The frigid temperatures in Baton Rouge also broke records. Shortly before 7 a.m., the Baton Rouge Metro Airport recorded a temperature of 14 degrees, which beats the record low of 18 degrees set in 1977. It's also the coldest temperature recorded in Baton Rouge since Dec. 24, 1989.
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Wednesday will be another cold day in southeast Louisiana, with a hard freeze expected again on Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Temperatures are expected to warm up from there, and highs could reach the 70s this weekend.
With an arctic blast settling in to southeast Louisiana as expected, organizations are reminding residents to stay safe in the cold weather.