New Orleans Endures One of the Coldest Mardi Gras Ever

By Kristen Rodman, Staff Writer
Mar 4, 2014; 9:01 PM ET
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It was a cold, wet day for Mardi Gras participants in New Orleans Tuesday.

The high temperature hit 41 degrees for the Big Easy, more than 20 degrees below the date's average temperature of 69 degrees. It rests two degrees above the coldest high temperature on record for a Mardi Gras, which was 39 degrees on Feb. 14, 1899.

In past years when Fat Tuesday fell on March 4, the temperature was typically in the 60s or even high 70s. The previous coldest high for the celebrations on this date was 56 degrees in 1939.

After a cold front brought a few showers and colder weather to New Orleans on Monday, rain made a quick return just in time for Mardi Gras celebrations.

Rain moved throughout the area Tuesday, starting off as some morning showers followed by a steadier rain in the afternoon.

This rain will continue into the evening before tapering off overnight, making for a wet day.

Not only did people in New Orleans have to endure the rainy weather, but also the chilly weather brought by the passage of Monday's cold front.

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The rain looks to clear the area on Wednesday for those heading home or staying to celebrate an extra day with temperatures rebounding to near 60.


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