Record warm temperatures are already being felt across South Mississippi! Highs today will top out in the mid to upper 80s, with heat index values making it feel like it is in the lower 90s.
Sunshine returns to the Gulf Coast this afternoon, but showers and storms will move in overnight ahead of a cold front. Expect the wet weather to be in the area between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Much cooler and drier air will begin flowing into the region Friday morning. Highs will only top out in the lower 70s and it will feel much less humid.
Going into the weekend, all eyes are on the potential for a severe weather outbreak across the Deep South. The Storm Prediction Center has outlined much of the northern Gulf Coast with an “Enhanced Risk” for severe weather Sunday and Sunday night, which is threat level 3 out of 5 on their scale.
All forms of severe weather will be possible, including tornadoes, damaging wind gusts, hail, and flash flooding. Current timing brings the worst of the weather into southeastern Louisiana and South Mississippi late Sunday afternoon into Sunday night. This event is still too far out for specifics! We will have a better idea of exact timing and what impacts to expect as we head into the weekend.
The National Weather Service said Thursday, “Know for right now the potential for a significant severe weather episode – with all forms of severe weather looks very possible Sunday. Stay tuned for more updates.”
The good news is, this system will be quickly out of here. We dry out on Monday and Tuesday with cooler temperatures finally filtering back into the region! Looking at perhaps a light shower potential on Wednesday as the same front become stationary and tries to back up north, but will mostly be confined to marine areas, if not south of our area with the main idea here being near normal to slightly below normal temperatures come back with dry conditions to come!