Rain and humidity were the weather words for Tuesday.
The day began very muggy with lows in the 70s. Opelousas and Ville Platte only made it down to 77 degrees. Atlanta was the cool spot with 71 degrees. The daily average is 63 and the record low is 44 set in 1896.
Afternoon highs were in the 80s and 90s with significant variation noted across the area. Natchez, Miss. only managed 82 degrees while Bellwood hit 94 degrees and Nachitoches reported 93 degrees. The daily average is 86 and the record is 98 set in 1931.
Locally heavy rain occurred mainly during the morning hours. Simpson reported 2.60 inches of rain for the highest total I heard about. On Dana Drive in Pineville, 2.50 inches fell. Winnfield reported 2.08 inches and Esler Airport saw nearly two inches. Believe it or not, even after the heavy rain episode of last Friday/Saturday, everyone said the rain was welcome.
Drier air is filtering into central Louisiana tonight and will bring some comfortable weather at night. The daytime; however, will be quit warm with lower 90s common. The dry air will keep rain chances at 0% for the rest of the week.