Thursday's weather was a normal July mix of heat, humidity, and scattered thunderstorms.
After a muggy start with minimum temperatures ranging between 72 and 77, max temperatures warmed into the 80s and 90s. An early start to the rain allowed the temperature to climb only to 87 at Marksville. In contrast, in Natchitoches, Winnfield, Hagewood, and Atlanta, where the atmosphere remained undisturbed by convection, the temperature hit the middle 90s.
Basically, Thursday's rain was confined to an area south of a Leesville-Colfax-Jena line. Even there, the coverage was scattered with only about 50% of the rain gauges getting wet. Locally, International Airport (AEX) measured 0.98 inches from a lunchtime thunderstorm. Other rainfall totals included 0.75 at Otis and 0.70 at Oak Hill.
High pressure aloft will rebuild over the southern Plains during the next few days. This will force daytime temperatures up and will suppress most thunderstorm activity. I expect triple-digit temperatures to return this weekend into next week at some locations.