Wednesday was a hot day punctuated by cooling showers and thunderstorms in places.
Morning lows were in the lower to the middle 70s. Natchez, Miss. and Bellwood reported the lowest temperature with 71 degrees while Opelousas was the warm spot with a low of 75 degrees. The 30-year daily average is 73 degrees, so this morning's readings were on target with climatology.
Afternoon highs ranged through the 90s, with Opelousas, Natchez, Miss., and Oakdale only making 91. The hot spots were Winnfield, Williana, Montgomery, Esler Field, and Bellwood with 96 degrees. Peak heat indices reached 105 in places. The 30-year daily average is 92 degrees. The record high is 103 set during that long, hot summer of 1980.
Some people received relief in the form of hit-and-miss showers and thunderstorms. The highest rainfall totals came from that stretch of real estate from Avoyelles Parish northeastward into the Natchez-Vidalia-Ferriday corridor. Bunkie reported one inch of rain on South Knoll Street for the highest total. Close behind were Vidalia with 0.91; Natchez, Miss. with 0.51; and Ferriday with 0.42. I estimate the coverage at 30-40%.
Thursday's weather pattern will offer little change: plenty of heat and humidity and scattered showers and thunderstorms.