The late summer heat continued in central Louisiana today. In fact, at most reporting stations, afternoon temperatures were higher than those observed Wednesday.
The morning readings were actually lower at most locations than Wednesday morning's lows. Oakdale went all the way down to 65 degrees and was followed closely by Winnfield and Union Hill/Glenmora at 66 degrees. Toledo Bend Dam was the warm spot at 73 degrees. The daily average is 67 and the record is 46 set in 1940.
In contrast to the morning lows, the afternoon highs were warmer than Wednesday's readings. Bellwood and Many both hit 100 degrees while Winnfield, Atlanta, Simpson, and Pitkin reported 99 degrees. Natchez, Miss. stayed at 93 degrees. The daily average is 90 degrees and the record is 99 in 1947.
A cold front will sag southward Friday but temperatures will soar back into the 90s. The front should be able to produce a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.