A late summer heat wave continued across central Louisiana Tuesday. Labor Day is supposed to be a gateway into the fall season, however, the reality of our climate is that we have about eight months of summer.
A WARM START
Low temperatures Tuesday morning ranged through the 70s. The highest readings were 78 degrees at Many, Natchitoches, Esler Airport, Woodworth, and Hagewood. The lowest temperatures were 74 at Winnfield, Ville Platte, and Eunice. The 30-year benchmark average is 69 degrees.
High temperatures ranged through the 90s Tuesday with some readings approaching 100 degrees. Folks in Winnfield, Natchitoches, and Bellwood saw their thermometer rise into the upper 90s. On the other hand, Simmesport and Opelousas only maxed out at 91 degrees. However, the humidity brought the heat index past 100 degrees.
The heat will continue through Friday with 70s at night and 90s, perhaps even a few 100s, during the day. Relief is still in sight as a cold front will sweep across Cenla Saturday. This front should trigger scattered showers and thunderstorms and bring cooler, drier air Sunday through Tuesday. The lowest temperatures will fall into the 50s both Monday and Tuesday morning.