The massive high pressure cell aloft continues to dominate the central Louisiana weather pattern. In response to this feature, daytime temperatures are rising but the nights have been pleasant.
Much of the area saw the day start with temperatures in the 60s. Natchez, Miss. dropped all the way down to 65 degrees. Jena and Oakdale reported 66 and Esler airport, Simmesport, Ball/Tioga, and Union Hill/Glenmora fell to 67. DeRidder was the warm spot with a low of 72 degrees. The average daily low is 71 and the record is a cool 56 set in 1896.
Daytime highs ranged through the 90s. In fact, Bellwood reached the century mark and was followed closely by Many at 99 and Peason at 98. On the "cooler" side of the thermometer, Opelousas and Natchez, Miss. only reached 90 degrees. The daily average is 93 and the record is 105 set in 1943.
The sprawling high will continue to tighten its grip on central Louisiana Thursday. Prepare for even higher temperatures than those observed Wednesday.