As has been the case this week, central Louisiana weather was hot, humid, and a few storms prowled the landscape.
HOT & HUMID
In most areas, the day started a bit warmer with lows averaging in the middle 70s. The warmest locations saw upper 70s, with Woodworth and D.G. Hunter Power at 77. A few lucky folks saw the lower 70s. Anacoco was at 71 this morning, followed by Leesville and Union Hill/Glenmora at 72.
High temperatures ranged through the 90s and heat indices soared past 105 at the most uncomfortable locations. The hottest weather Thursday was again observed in the northern and western portions of the viewing area with Natchitoches, Hagewood, Winnfield, Anacoco, Bellwood, and Atlanta all registering the upper 90s. Opelousas only made 90 with Charles Park in Alexandria and Simmesport at 91.
A FEW MORE STORMS
Showers and thunderstorms affected mainly the southern and eastern sections of the viewing area with about 30% of folks getting wet. Opelousas was the wet spot with 1.46 inches just east of town and a smooth inch in Jonesville. The best coverage occurred over Avoyelles, Evangeline, and St. Landry Parishes.
Friday will not bring much change to the overall weather pattern. It will still be hot with highs in the 90s and the humidity will be here as well. The peak heat index may reach 107 at locations where higher temperatures combine with higher humidity. The chance for showers and thunderstorms remains Thursday night and Friday as a short wave aloft and a "cold" front interact with the hot, unstable air mass in place over central Louisiana.
Weather watcher reports are available here.
See you tomorrow.