The new week began warm and muggy with scattered showers and thunderstorms.
Morning lows were in the low to middle 70s with the Good Earth subdivision in Alexandria the warmest at 75 degrees. Several sites fell to 70 degrees, including Jena, Anacoco, and Bellwood. The 30-year daily average is 71 degrees and the record is 58 set in 1966.
Maximum temperatures ranged from the upper 80s to the middle 90s. Montgomery hit 95 degrees today for the highest temperature reported but Marksville only managed 87 degrees. The 30-year daily average is 93 and the record is a scorching 106 set in 1902.
Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms developed in the moist air generally south and west of a Marksville to Winnfield line. Significant amounts of rain fell at a few locations, including 1.50 inches in Woodworth, 0.57 in Bunkie, and 0.50 in Colfax. Everyone said the rain was welcome.
The remainder of the week offers a changing weather pattern. A massive cell of high pressure aloft will meander southward, and this will force temperatures upward. The hottest weather is expected during the latter part of the week into the weekend. Between now and then, a couple of pleasant nights are in store with lows in the 60s Monday night and Tuesday night over much of central Louisiana.