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THE HEAT BEGINS TO BUILD

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The massive high pressure cell aloft continues to dominate the central Louisiana weather pattern. Consequently, daytime temperatures began to creep up from Monday's readings.

The day started slightly cooler than Monday morning, thanks to a bit drier air that seeped into the area from the northeast. The thermometer fell all the way down to 67 degrees at Winnfield. Leesville and Natchez, Miss. reported 68 degrees. In contrast, Opelousas, Woodworth, and Ville Platte saw 72 degrees this morning. Also, Charles Park and the D.G. Hunter Power Plant in Alexandria reported 72 degrees. The daily average is 71 and the record low is 64 set in the hot summer of 1930.

The pattern of daytime highs reflected the consistent trend of higher readings in the western and northwestern portions of central Louisiana. In that area, Many hit 97 degrees today. Bellwood reported 96 and Simpson and Peason reported 95. Natchez, Miss. only had 88 degrees. Charles Park and Marksville had 89 degrees.

The high pressure cell will tighten its grip on central Louisiana for the remainder of the week. This means no rain and above normal temperatures.

Tom Konvicka

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