The heat and humidity continued Tuesday as the eastern side of a broad high pressure cell aloft continued to influence the central Louisiana weather pattern.
Tuesday began with lows in the lower to the middle 70s. Jena, Winnfield, Leesville, and Atlanta registered the lowest temperature with 71 degrees. Lows of 75 degrees were reported at Fort Polk and Simmesport. The daily average is 73 degrees.
Afternoon highs ranged through the 90s with Bellwood, Simpson, and Hagewood the warmest with 98 degrees while Natchez, Miss. and Opelousas hit 91 degrees. The 30-year average daily high is 92 degrees and the record is 102 set in 1948.
A few showers and thunderstorms developed during the heating of the day but coverage was limited, probably only about 20%. However, Pitkin received a good rain with 0.62 inches and Jena saw a garden shower with 0.27 inches.
The pattern will remain the same for Wednesday before the high pressure cell shrinks by Thursday and allows rain chances to increase.