Thermometers in central Louisiana continued to rise Tuesday as a massive ridge of high pressure aloft remains entrenched over the southern United States.
The day began warm with most low temperatures in the middle to upper 70s. Hagewood, Montgomery, and Fort Polk reported 78 degrees while Oakdale airport fell to 72 degrees. The daily average is 73 degrees.
High temperatures ranged from the middle 90s to the lower 100s. Once again, Natchez, Miss. was the cool spot with a high of 94 degrees. The hot spots were Bellwood and Simpson with highs of 102 degrees. Locally, Esler airport reached 100 degrees and International (AEX) saw 99 degrees. The record high is 102 set in 1964.
The large ridge will continue to scorch central Louisiana for the remainder of the week.