It's a new work week but the weather pattern is typical for late June.
The day began with lows in the low to mid 70s. Several locations fell to 71 degrees, including Union Hill/Glenmora, Simpson, Winnfield, and Natchez, Miss. Simmesport saw their minimum thermometer register 76 degrees this morning. The 30-year daily average is 71 degrees.
Afternoon highs ranged from the upper 80s to the middle 90s. Marksville only reached 88 degrees while Anacoco hit 96 degrees. The 30-year average is 91 degrees. Peak heat indices were between 100 and 105 degrees.
The daytime heating triggered scattered showers and thunderstorms within a deep, moist southerly flow regime. I estimate today's coverage at 50%. Cherokee Village in Alexandria won the rainfall award with 1.51 inches. Following closely were Woodworth and River View near the Poland community with 1.40 inches.
A very large and intense high pressure cell will form over the southwestern states this week and this will force temperatures upward and keep the coverage of rain low.