Sunday brought a mix of hot and humid conditions as well as unsettled weather.
HOT & HUMID
It was a slightly cooler start this morning at most locations thanks to Saturday's cooling thunderstorm downdrafts. Most places registered low temperatures in the lower and the middle 70s.
Once the sun appeared, daytime temperatures soared into the upper 90s at Natchitoches, Winnfield, Bellwood, and Esler Airport. Heat indices reached or exceeded 105 degrees. Jonesville and Natchez, Miss. only reached the lower 90s.
After a quiet day, thunderstorms exploded after 5 PM. Several warnings had to be issued for the possibility of hail and high wind. Storms blew trees down near Melrose and south of Provencal, both in Natchitoches Parish. A few of these storms were prolific lightning producers as well. However, most folks received only modest amounts (if any) of rain. The exception was Atlanta in southwestern Winn Parish, where Tommy Horne measured 2.13 inches.
Sunday's storms fed on the instability created by the heat and humidity as well as outflow boundaries and shortwave energy aloft. Scattered thunderstorms will return to central Louisiana Monday with a strong storm of two possible.
See you tomorrow.