I just finished talking to the weather watchers and they all said that it's too hot. I think we sometimes forget how hot the weather can get at the end of August and the beginning of September. A case in point is the historic heat wave in 2000 from August 30 through September 4. Each day the maximum temperature exceeded 105 degrees-perhaps for the only time in our weather records.
Morning lows were even higher with almost all reporting stations seeing readings in the 70s. Oakdale was the exception with a low of 69 degrees. Bellwood was the warm spot with 76 degrees. The daily average is beginning to slip-it is now down to 70 degrees. The long, hot summer of 1954 took a break and brought the record low of 55 degrees.
The main weather story is the daytime heat. High temperatures ranged through the 90s and even into the triple digits. Bellwood peaked at 101 degrees and was followed closely by Anacoco, Esler airport, and Peason Range at 100 degrees. The "coolest" readings stayed in the middle 90s at Natchez, Miss., Simmesport, and Charles Park. The record high is 106 set in 2000.
Believe it or not, we saw about 10-15% coverage of rain today. Peason, DeRidder, Esler Airport, Rigolette, and Bentley all reported measurable rainfall. I expect the coverage to increase Tuesday. I hope you get some rain!