The new week began hot as temperatures continue to hover well above normal.
Afternoon highs ranged through the 90s and into the lower 100s. Many spiked to 103 degrees with Simpson and Bellwood reporting 101 degrees. The "cool" spot was Natchez, Miss. with 93 degrees. The 30-year average is 93 degrees and the record high is 104 in 1897.
As you know, the thermometer commonly fails to tell the full story. When humidity is considered, the air felt significantly warmer than the number given on the thermometer. Peak heat indices were between 109 to 113 degrees. You have got to be careful in this oppressive heat!
The sprawling ridge of high pressure aloft will continue to dominate the central Louisiana weather pattern through Thursday.