Wiley’s Weather

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Natchitoches residents could be in for some record-setting heat Sunday, Monday and Tuesday according to National Weather Service Cooperative Weather Observer Wiley Butler.
A weather event called an Omega block in the atmosphere is forming and could move over the northern Gulf of Mexico Monday, extending over Natchitoches Parish. Butler says temperatures could reach 93 degrees Sunday and 96 degrees on both Monday and Tuesday.
If it reaches 95 degrees Monday by sunset, it will be an all-time high daily temperature in Natchitoches breaking the previous record set in 1973. It could produce an afternoon heat index of 100-105 degrees, barring cloud cover.
The heat could extend at least through Wednesday. “That’s all if Mother Nature’s cloud cover doesn’t occur,” Butler says.
High pressure of 585-590DM or decameter strength will build from Old Mexico into South Texas on Saturday and spread to Natchitoches Parish during Sunday, Monday, Tuesday producing heat index values from 95 to 105 degrees for that time period.

This article published in the May 7, 2022, print edition

Forecast
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 92. Light south wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 69.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 69.
Monday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 70.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.