In contrast to last week's "cool" and dry weather pattern, the heat and humidity returned today as a new week began.
Morning lows were mostly in the 70s, but a few spots fell into the 60s. DeRidder and Oakdale reported lows of 69 degrees but Fort Polk, Winnfield, and the D.G. Hunter Power Plant in Alexandria only saw their minimum reading drop to 74 degrees. The 30-year daily average is 73 degrees. Of note, the record low for the date is 55 set in 1931.
Afternoon highs reached the 90s except for DeRidder, where the earlier onset of clouds and rain held their max temperature at 88 degrees. Bellwood in Natchitoches Parish was the hot spot with a high of 97 degrees. The 30-year daily average is 92 degrees and the record high is 103 set during that extremely hot summer of 1932.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms dotted the landscape with coverage estimated at 40%. Simmesport received 0.82 inches and Eunice 0.51 inches for the top two amounts from our rain gauge network.
This pattern is expected to continue for the remainder of the week.