Thursday was another steamy day as the hot weather pattern continues. According to my analysis, the center of the upper-level high pressure cell has withdrawn well to the west, however, there remains a piece over central Texas and northern and western Louisiana. I feel this is responsible for the persistent heat.
A WARM START
One of the characteristics of this weather pattern is the very warm nights. Lows this morning stayed at 80 down at Pine Prairie in Evangeline Parish with 79 at several other places, including Colfax, Ville Platte, Woodworth, Good Earth, and Opelousas. The 30-year average is 72 degrees, so you can see how warm the nights have been lately.
A HOT DAY
For the Alexandria/Pineville metro area, Thursday was the 25th consecutive day with max temps at or above 90 degrees. The highest reading came from Gum Springs at 99 degrees. Close behind was Natchitoches, Winnfield, Pitkin, Hagewood, and Bellwood at 98. Opelousas registered the lowest max temp at 92.
The answer is "yes!" A change in the upper-level flow pattern will push a front into central Louisiana this weekend. That piece of the hot high will finally erode as the jet stream bends southward. This will bring the likelihood of rain and lower temperatures. In fact, there may be a day or two when the high stays in the 80s. Between two and four inches of rain is possible during the four-day period from Friday through Monday as the slow-moving system taps plentiful moisture.
Hope you get wet!