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The humidity returned to much of central Louisiana today and brought scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Morning low temperatures continued to be below average with most readings in the 60s. Winnfield, Anacoco, and Simpson fell to 64 degrees while Opelousas dropped to 71 degrees. The daily average is 72 degrees and the record is 63 in 1943.

There was a large difference in the maximum temperature today around central Louisiana because of the patchwork pattern of convection. In areas where the clouds and rain started early, highs were only in the middle 80s. Jonesville, Oakdale, and Natchez, Miss. all stayed in the middle 80s. In the western and northern portions of central Louisiana, temperatures was not affected by the rain. Many soared to 96 degrees and was followed closely by Winnfield, Bellwood, Peason, and Anacoco at 95 degrees. The daily average is 94 and the record is 105 set in 1999.

The increasing moisture was activated by daytime heating and the result was scattered showers and thunderstorms. I estimate the coverage at about 50%. Alexandria International Airport reported the most rain with 1.84 inches. Rapides Station received 1.75 inches in 45 minutes and Charles Park measured 1.62 inches. Meeker, Hickory Hill, Whiteville, and Grand Coteau all reported 1-1.5 inches.

You can expect scattered rain Wednesday as well.

Tom Konvicka

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