Mardi Gras 2017 could go down as the warmest Fat Tuesday on record in the Bayou state. Forecaster with the National Weather Service in New Orleans, Phil Grigsby, says the current record was set back in 1917 at 83 degrees. He says temperatures could surpass that today.
“It’s been exceptionally warm, pretty much the entire carnival. We had a little cooler temperatures on Saturday and Sunday but really those were close to what we expect to see this time of year.”
Grigsby credits the warm temperatures throughout the carnival season to the lack of cold fronts in Louisiana so far this winter.
“So that’s kept us in this very warm pattern that we’ve honestly seen most of the winter. I think we’ve only had 11 days so far this winter that have been below normal.”
Grigsby says the coldest Mardi Gras on record was set at 30 degrees back in 1899. He says today’s weather is perfect for parade watching.
“The five previous Mardi Gras that fell on February 28th, the warmest was in 1911 and that was a high of 76. Today is going to be well above that.”