Friday brought a hint of the changing weather pattern as temperatures were several degrees lower and more folks got wet.
Temperatures this morning still averaged above the 30-year benchmark of 72. Bellwood only dropped to 78, and Natchitoches, Montgomery, and Woodworth were a warm 77. Oakdale was the lowest reading with 72 followed by Winnfield, Opelousas, Pitkin, Bunkie, and Jena with 73.
Friday's max temps slipped several degrees from Thursday's steam bath. The highest readings came from Natchitoches, Hagewood, and Bellwood with 95. The lowest temperatures struggled to reach 90 in Charles Park, Woodworth, and Opelousas.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms developed generally south of a Leesville-Colfax-Jena line. I estimated the coverage at 30-40%. Radar estimated rainfall totals of 1-2 inches fell over portions of Beauregard and Allen Parishes, although the highest amount I collected was about an inch from Eunice.
This weekend offers more widespread rain as the last vestige of that hot high pressure cell dissipates. Most everyone should get rain Saturday-Monday. Locally heavy amounts in excess of two inches are possible and a few storms may become strong or severe with strong wind and intense lightning.
Have a fun and safe weekend.