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A HOT FRIDAY

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I have good news and bad news. The good news is that it's Friday; the bad news is that it was the most oppressive day of the year thus far.

The day began muggy with lows in the 70s. Ville Platte could not get lower than 78 degrees while Leesville fell to 72 degrees. The 30-year average is 70 degrees.

Afternoon highs ranged through the 90s with some locations uncomfortable close to the century mark. Hagewood hit 99 degrees while Simpson, Montgomery, and Bellwood reported 98 degrees. But the air was very oppressive with dew points reaching or exceeding 80 degrees at some locations. This combination pushed the heat index to 110+ where the higher temperatures meshed with the higher dew points. For example, AEX reported a temperature of 95 degrees and a dew point of 78 degrees at mid-afternoon, making the heat index there 111 degrees. Many of the suburban personal weather stations in the Alexandria/Pineville metro area had heat indices between 110 and 116 degrees. In contrast, Natchez, Miss., behind a cold front, only had a peak heat index of 96 degrees!

Saturday will not be as steamy since the humidity will be lower, thanks to the front.

Have a great Father's Day!

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