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Temperatures and humidity remained below July standards again Tuesday.

Morning lows ranged through the 60s for the third straight time at most locations. Winnfield and Leesville reported the lowest temperature with 61 degrees. Marksville and the D.G. Hunter Plant in Alexandria were the warm spots with 68 degrees. The daily average is 72 degrees and the record low was 61 in 1924.

Afternoon highs were mostly in the 80s, but a few 90s showed up. Bellwood hit 92 degrees while Natchez, Miss. only reached 84 degrees. The daily average is 92 degrees. The record high was set in 2009 with 102.

A few showers and thunderstorms developed over western Louisiana during the afternoon and moved east and southeast, affecting portions of CenLa. Marginal moisture, some daytime heating, and a short wave aloft combined to produce the surprise rain. Coverage was about 20-30% and only a couple of areas received substantial amounts. The heaviest amounts, according to Doppler radar estimates, were in northwest Vernon and central Natchitoches Parishes.

Wednesday will not offer much change, except rain chances may be higher over the eastern part of the area and less in the western part. Temperatures will change little and the typically tough July humidity will also remain on vacation.

Tom Konvicka

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