It was a typical July day in central Louisiana: scattered rain and widespread heat and humidity. Max temperatures reached the upper 90s at Winnfield (98), Simpson (97), and Oakdale (97). Marksville and Opelousas barely reached 90 as clouds checked the temperature rise early. Peak heat indices exceeded 105 at locations where the higher temps coincided with the highest humidity.
Some locations reported rain as widely scattered showers and thunderstorms developed along the sea breeze and moved north and northeast. Ville Platte, Opelousas, DeRidder, Brouillette, and Eunice saw measurable rain. For more information, check out our weather watcher reports.
Today's sea-breeze convection represents a common earmark of central Louisiana weather and climate. During the past two years, however, the drought limited the frequency of the sea-breeze by altering the circulation of the atmosphere. Deeper southerly winds encourage the sea-breeze to come inland, but these hot, dry high pressure cells aloft bring deep northerly or northeasterly winds that limit the progress of the sea-breeze. The sea-breeze pattern will continue through Friday. By the weekend into next week, the hot high will sag southward and that will turn up the temps and lower the rain chances.