Louisiana has a relatively constant semitropical climate, with long, hot, humid summers and short, mild winters. Those parts of the state that are in close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico tend to be very humid with lots of rainfall, and little difference between summer and winter conditions. Summers in Louisiana are hot and humid, with high temperatures from mid-June to mid-September averaging 90 °F (32 °C) or more and overnight lows averaging above 70 °F (22 °C). In the summer, the extreme maximum temperature is much warmer in the north than in the south.
Louisiana is prone to hurricanes (June is the start of hurricane season), with the most severe being the recent Hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005. Required clothing: lightweight cotton clothing for summer, with sweaters and jackets for winter. Rainwear or an umbrella is advised for all seasons.
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