What’s the Weather Like in Louisiana?
Almost 5 million people call Louisiana home. And if you’re planning on moving there, one of the things you need to know about is the weather.
Climate in Louisiana can depend on what part of the state you live in. For Northern Louisiana, around Shreveport, or close to the Texas or the Arkansas border, weather tends to be hot and humid.
The highest recorded temperature happened in 1936 near Shreveport when the temperature hit 114°F, although it’s not uncommon to see temperatures about 100°F in the summer all through the northern part.
Closer to the Gulf of Mexico, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans, temperatures are hot and sticky and hover around the 90s in the summer.
Louisiana is called the “Bayou State” and 15% of the state is covered in water. If you love boating, kayaking, fishing and other outdoor activities, you’ve come to the right state. Be careful where you swim, though, since all that water is home to snakes, gators and other creepy crawlies.
Let’s look at the state average. First, let’s start with the colder temps. While it’s rare, it has snowed in Louisiana from time to time, and with no snow removal equipment or experience driving on slippery white stuff, it can get dangerous in a hurry. Luckily, it’s a rare event. Last time it snowed in Louisiana was 2 inches of snow in 2010.
Here’s a month by month breakdown, courtesy of WorldClimate.com:
You’ll want a jacket and maybe gloves and a hat for winter, and then it’s shorts and t-shirts season for spring into fall. These temperatures don’t factor in the humidity, though, and it can feel much warmer when the air is sticky.
You cannot talk about Louisiana weather without talking about the frequent party crashers to the summer season: The hurricanes that swing up the Gulf of Mexico every year.
Hurricane season runs from June to November every year, but hits the peak in September. They bring rain, dangerous winds, hail and tornadoes across their path, and leave destruction and flooding in their wake.
Few houses in Louisiana have attics or basements, and houses are big on wide hallways to distribute any hint of breeze, but skimpy on closets to store stuff in.
One of the challenges of the weather of Louisiana is how quickly the dampness can ruin your personal possessions. Boats, cars, campers and other fun-in-the-sun toys can rust quickly, and mold and mildew are no friend to papers, photos, furniture or fabrics.
One solution is to keep your valuables in a climate-controlled self-storage facility to protect them from the elements.
Never use plastic storage boxes for things like papers or clothing, as it can encourage moisture retention and mildew. It’s also a good idea to elevate your items on shelves or pallets, and don’t overpack your items.
For items like photographs or important documents, use acid-free archival boxes and keep them on an upper shelf or a climate-controlled self-storage unit. For more, check out our article on unique storage issues in Louisiana.
And, if you’re looking for a place to keep your boat, kayak, swamp buggy or canoe somewhere safe, we’ve got you covered. Check out our ultimate guide to boat storage.
We have four convenient locations in Louisiana:
Contact us if you have any questions about storing your stuff in the Bayou State.