Friday Afternoon Update: 4:14 p.m.

The thick cover of stratus clouds finally broke around midday allowing temperatures to take off. It’s been a hot and sultry day for this first of August and unfortunately, the heaviest rain has been south of our area. There is still a chance for a few showers and thunderstorms to develop locally. Our chances for rain don’t look good for the days ahead. This weekend we will have highs near 100, with heat index values topping 105.

You will certainly want to take it extra easy over the coming days and try to avoid doing too much outdoors. The sky will be mostly sunny for tomorrow and Sunday, with only a stray afternoon shower or storm expected. The afternoon storms will be more focused along a boundary to our south this weekend.

By Monday an upper level disturbance will develop over south Mississippi and this will help to trigger a shower or thunderstorm locally. I still expect many neighborhoods to stay dry, with spotty thundershower activity in the late afternoon hours. It’s going to be another scorcher, with highs reaching the upper 90s. The stretch of hot and humid weather will continue through next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon hours. Have a great evening and be sure to join us tonight for more details!

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Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist