Information & Facts
Louisiana's climate usually remains constant, with semi-tropical
conditions throughout the year. 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. New Orleans, for example, is hot and humid for the
majority of the year, with well over 180 days of sunshine annually.
Some snowfall can occur in the state in winter, but very rarely.
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.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
GMT -6 (GMT -5 from March to November).