Hottest streak of the year is nearly over

Hottest streak of the year is nearly over

A one, two punch of cold fronts will put an end to the extreme heat in the Mid-South.

MEMPHIS – ( Well, no question about it, we’re at the end of the hottest streak of the year so far. Since last weekend there’s been a strong area of high pressure centered over us, it kept things hot and mostly rain free. It is weakening and moving west as I type this. A few storms have jumped at that opportunity sprouting up in McNairy & Alcorn counties. Humidity lovers, soak this is in while you can, change is coming. We’ll work two fronts through the Mid-South through Labor Day; the second will be our game changer. The storm forecast for the next couple days is admittedly tricky. The first front is very weak but it will be moving into a very hot and humid environment. A few storms will be possible tonight and Sunday morning. I wouldn’t call these plan canceling but you may have to dodge a few rain drops and lightning flashes. How quickly this front gets out of here tomorrow plays a large role in how hot we get. Current thinking is it will be in north Mississippi by early afternoon. That means a few storms will be possible there with partly cloudy skies elsewhere. Current trends point to areas of thick clouds which will keep temperatures down in some spots; only in the 80s. Those that see more sun, especially west, highs will be back well into the 90s. The second front will come through Sunday night and Monday. This will bring with it off and on showers and storms; especially Monday morning. The front will be south of the entire area by Monday night. Labor Day doesn’t look like a total wash out but scattered storms will dot the area. We’re not looking at a severe risk but lightning and heavy rain may accompany any storms that bubble up. Holiday highs will be around 90° before the front comes through. Monday night you’ll notice a huge drop in humidity; lows will be around 70° with a drying north/northwesterly wind. The sun is back out on Tuesday with highs near “normal” in the upper 80s but remember it won’t be humid. Wednesday to next weekend will be quite quiet with highs very September-like in the upper 80s with lows in the mid and upper 60s. You’re welcome J

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Have a great Labor Day weekend!

-Meteorologist Sean Parker

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