It's Friday-but it was the hottest day of the week across most of central Louisiana.
The day began a bit muggy with low temps in the upper 60s to the middle 70s. Oakdale cratered all the way down to 65 degrees. Leesville, Simmesport, and Union Hill-Glenmora all reported 68 degrees. In contrast, Hagewood only fell to 75 degrees. The daily average is 67 and the record is 45 in 1940.
Daytime temperatures were among the highest of the summer. Bellwood soared to 102 degrees while Esler Airport, Jena, and Many reported 100 degrees. Natchez, Miss. was the place to be with a high of 93 degrees. The daily average is 89 and the record is 100 set in 1906.
A cold front plowed into the heat and triggered scattered showers and thunderstorms. Although the coverage of the rain was not high, I estimate 30%, everyone who received the wet stuff said it was welcome. Beneficial amounts fell in Jonesville (1.50); Williana (0.50); and Pitkin (0.25).
Rain chances will be confined to an area along and south of a Leesville-Alexandria-Marksville line on Saturday and there will be some relief from the heat.