Central Louisiana baked for a fifth straight day with high temperatures averaging around 100 degrees. Here are some numbers from the KALB-TV Weather Watchers Network:
Winnfield and Bellwood saw 103 degrees
It was 102 degrees at Fort Polk and Gum Springs
Colfax, Jonesville, Simpson, Esler Airport, International Airport, and Bentley all climbed to 101
The "coolest" reading was 97 at Opelousas and at Natchez, MS.
The early summer heat wave is caused by a sprawling high pressure cell aloft centered over the southern Plains. The sinking air associated with this feature warms as it descends toward the surface and results in high temperatures.
As hot as it was this afternoon, the day began on a comfortable note. Winnfield fell to 61 degrees and both local airports recorded a fresh morning low of 64 degrees. Other locations stayed warmer, with Fort Polk, Ville Platte, and Opelousas coming in at 71 degrees.
The unusual heat will continue for the rest of the week but will ease up a bit over the weekend as the high aloft breaks down and allows more moisture to move in from the south. We even have lower-end rain chances Sunday-Wednesday as the moisture remains.
Be careful out there!