It was more of the same Friday as the heat and humidity continued.
One notable aspect of the heat is the high overnight minimum temperatures. The 30-year August average is 72-74 degrees, but this morning's lows were in the middle and upper 70s. Colfax, Many, D.G. Hunter Power Plant, and Simmesport were the warmest start with 78 degrees. The lowest temperature I could find was 74 at the home of Bert and Rubye Riddle between Union Hill and Glenmora.
Friday's max temperatures averaged higher than Thursday's readings. Winnfield once again hit 100 with Bellwood close behind at 99. Colfax, Williana, Anacoco, and Hagewood hit 98 degrees. The lowest readings came in from Simmesport and Natchez, Miss. with a "balmy" 93 degrees. The 30-year average for August is 92-94 degrees.
The high temperatures are caused by a cell of high pressure aloft over Texas and Oklahoma. This feature behaves like a hot bubble of air. Central Louisiana remains on the edge of the high so our temperatures are relatively tame compared to the 110+ underneath the feature. The high is expected to reform farther west in the coming days and this will afford perhaps a few degrees of relief from the heat by the middle or latter part of next week. The main effect will be the return of scattered showers and thunderstorms Sunday through Wednesday. Most of you should see at least some rain during that time increment. Beneficial rains will fall in some areas with two inches possible. At this point, Ernesto is not in our forecast.
Have a fun but safe weekend.