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  • Wednesday Forecast: Borderline Hot, Passing Clouds

    TODAY: You may make the mistake of thinking it’s late spring or early summer today – with a developing south wind, warmer air will be flowing northward from the Gulf. High temperatures this afternoon should reach the upper 80s, but it would not surprise me to see a few places touch the 90 degree mark, particularly over our southern and western counties. There is also a small risk of a shower or two over in the Delta later today, but the Golden Triangle and northeast MS should remain dry.

    TONIGHT: Those southerly winds will gradually bring more moisture into the area, so overnight lows will be creeping up over the next couple of nights. Lows will be in the mid to upper 60s with a few passing clouds or low-hanging stratus.

    THURSDAY: Expect another warm, muggy day with the chance of some scattered showers and storms developing after lunch. These could contain locally heavy rain and lightning, but no severe weather is expected. The heat index could also approach the low 90s in some spots.

    THURSDAY NIGHT/FRIDAY MORNING: A strong cold front will be approaching the area during this time frame. A line of strong to severe storms will be ahead of this front and crossing the MS river sometime around Midnight or so. These storms will continue eastward into northeast MS during the pre-dawn hours of Friday, which is typically the time of least instability in the atmosphere. However, this is a rather dynamic storm system for early October, and we will need continue watching this system for any changes. For now, we are continuing to highlight the possibility of a few strong to possibly severe storms with this system, and the main threat would come from gusty, straight-line winds. Locally heavy rain will be possible in spots along this line as well. The timeline for this threat will be from about Midnight in the west lasting through about 9 AM in the east.

    FRIDAY AFTERNOON: The front will move east of our area by Friday afternoon, and drier, much cooler air will be rushing in behind it. The sky will gradually clear by the evening, but expect a breezy afternoon with highs only in the mid to upper 70s depending on how fast the clouds clear.

    FRIDAY NIGHT: Football for high school stadiums will be very nice, and you might consider bringing a light jacket with you as temperatures will be falling quickly through the evening hours. We’ll head for the upper 40s during the overnight hours, with some mid 40s for north MS!

    SATURDAY: If everything goes as planned, I would give this day a 15/10 for weather. Expect highs in the upper 60s to near 70 with maximum sunshine. If you have plans to attend games in Oxford or Starkville, this is great news! Otherwise, any other outdoor activities will be great as well.

    SUNDAY: Expect another morning with temperatures down in the 40s as high pressure sits right on top of us. This high will shift east of us Sunday afternoon, so expect a slightly warmer afternoon with highs in the mid to upper 70s.

    MONDAY/TUESDAY: Another front will be approaching from the north for the first part of the week. For the most part, guidance is suggesting any rain chances will come on Monday, but a shower or two could linger into Tuesday. At any rate, these rain chances will probably be spotty in nature as moisture will not have enough time to recover sufficiently to warrant any widespread rain chances.

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