Oppressive heat mixed with thunderstorms Tuesday as a cold front moved toward central Louisiana from the north.
Afternoon highs ranged through the 90s with several locations reaching or exceeding 100 degrees. The Forest Service thermometer near Bellwood soared to 103 today and was followed closely by Many at 102. Other notable highs were 101 at Peason Range and Simpson. The peak heat index hit 115 degrees at Rigolette this afternoon.
Thunderstorms moved into central Louisiana from the northwest during the afternoon and evening. Substantial rainfall was noted at the Natchez, Miss. airport with 1.90 inches while several locations in Alexandria measured over one inch of rain, including Hummingbird Lane with 1.20, Charles Park with 1.09, and Good Earth with 1.06. Winnfield and Jena also received over one inch. Everyone I spoke with said the rain was welcome.
More rain is expected Wednesday as the cold front travels through the area.