The recent heat wave that began Saturday produced the first triple digit temperatures since August, 2011. The first 100 degree max temp of 2012 in central Louisiana occurred at the Forest Service station near Bellwood in Natchitoches Parish on Saturday. Several more 100s followed on Sunday and even more today. Here are a few numbers reported today:
Winnfield, Atlanta, and Esler Airport all reported 104
It was 103 at Jena and Hagewood
AEX recorded 102
The heat will continue this week with most max temps reaching the upper 90s and the lower 100s for the rest of the week. Rain chances are slim to none. You might not know this, but the last week of June is normally one of our wettest periods of the year. We average 40-60% coverage each day, but only 10% or less is expected each day this week. This will likely allow slight drought conditions to return for some parts of central Louisiana.