It's midweek and the heat just keeps coming, thanks to a large high pressure cell aloft over the southern Rockies and Plains.
At least the morning lows felt better than Tuesday morning's readings. The airport at Oakdale went all the way down to 68 degrees. But Marksville and a couple of locations in Alexandria, the D.G. Hunter Power Plant and Charles Park, only bottomed out at 74 degrees. The average daily low now has slipped to 69 degrees. The record is a cool 55 degrees set in 1974.
Afternoon highs ranged through the 90s with Simpson peaking at 101 degrees. Charles Park and Rigolette stayed at 94 degrees. Peak heat indices exceeded 105 at several locations. The average daily high is 92 and the record high is 107 set in 2000.
Showers and a few thunderstorms dotted the landscape with probably about 30% coverage. Colfax reported the biggest rain at 0.75 inches. Many received 0.37 inches. Radar estimated rainfall totals may have exceeded one inch in Vernon Parish north of Leesville.
The same weather pattern will continue for the remainded of the week.