The humidity is the winner in the weather pattern as we begin October.
Lows this morning reflected the muggy conditions with readings about ten degrees higher than average. A few morning lows slipped to 69 degrees at Colfax, Jena, Natchitoches, Woodworth, and Atlanta. Simmesport reported a July-like reading of 73 degrees. The climatological average for the date is 60 degrees and the record low is 41 in 1984.
Afternoon highs ranged through the 80s except at Bellwood, where the thermometer climbed to 90 degrees. Simmesport was the lowest at 84 degrees. The 30-year average for the date is 83 degrees and the record is 97 during an early fall heat wave in 1900.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms brought rain to most locations today; however, the amounts were generally modest. DeRidder measured 0.57 inches and was followed closely by Peason Range with 0.55 inches. Doppler radar estimates between one and two inches were noted in northern Evangeline Parish and eastern Winn Parish.
Little change in the weather pattern is expected Wednesday.