Tuesday was another hot day in the young heat wave that is building in central Louisiana.
Despite the high afternoon temperatures, morning lows were below average at many locations. Leesville recorded 67 degrees for the lowest reading in central Louisiana. Winnfield, Pitkin, Oakdale, Simpson, Atlanta, and Union Hill/Glenmora followed closely at 68 degrees. The highest temperatures came from Hagewood with 75 and Simmesport, Marksville, and D.G. Hunter Power Plant in Alexandria with 74 degrees. The 30-year daily average is 73 degrees.
Considerable high cloudiness limited the temperature rise during the morning but these clouds thinned during the afternoon, and this allowed thermometers to quickly climb into the 90s. Simpson hit 99 degrees while Bellwood recorded 98. Natchez, Miss., only maxed out at 91 degrees.
A high pressure cell aloft will continue to expand Wednesday and exert its influence on the central Louisiana weather pattern. You can expect another hot day with little or no rain.