It was a hot and humid Thursday across central Louisiana.
Morning lows actually slipped one or two degrees from those observed Wednesday morning. Temperatures fell into the upper 60s at several points, including Winnfield, Jena, Union Hill/Glenmora, Anacoco. Esler Airport, and Simpson. Simmesport was the warm spot with a low of 74 and Opelousas followed closely with 73 degrees. The daily average is 71 degrees and the record low was a chilly 55 degrees in 1893.
Afternoon highs ranged through the 90s, with a few locations flirting with the century mark. Many and Bellwood hit 99 degrees while Natchez, Miss. only managed to hit 90 degrees. The daily average is 94 and the record is 104 set during the long, hot summer of 1980.
High pressure aloft was able to suppress most convection and the coverage of rain was less than previous days this week. The airport near Natchez, Miss. was able to measure 0.27 inches; Ville Platte and Anacoco received 0.05 inches.
I do not expect much change in Friday's forecast-it will be hot and humid with low-end rain chances.