7/9 – Rob Knight’s “VERY HOT” Thursday Morning Forecast

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High-pressure over the northern Gulf of Mexico will slowly deepen while it drifts north and expands eastward across the local region. Increasing subsidence and dry air in the column will substantially stunt convection today and Friday. If anyone sees rain today, it should be those MS counties in southwest and coastal portions of the state.

Moving into the weekend, continued low rain chances combined with increasing pressure means high temps will likely begin to soar into the mid-90s. Saturated soils will help to maintain elevated low-level moisture. Mid 90s air temps will mid to upper 70 dew-points are the perfect recipe for heat advisory conditions. Expecting heat index values to range from 108 to 112 Saturday and Sunday. Lows will struggle to reach the upper 70s for many locations. In conditions like what we’re expecting.

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The heat is…still…on, to start the extended portion of the forecast but there may be some slight relief in the form of rain returning as we push into next week. That said don’t get your hopes up quite yet as we could be just on the outside and stuck in the heat. The ridge that has been centered over the 4 corners and dominating much of the southern Plains and into the GOM will begin to amplify over the Rockies. This will also lead to the L/W trough over the east coast to amplify and dig into the eastern GOM late this weekend and into next week.

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Chief Meteorologist Rob Knight is a familiar face along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, having been an on-air personality in the local area since 2005. Rob is originally from New York, but traveled and forecasted weather around the world as an active duty member of the United States Air Force since 1992. In 2005, after 13 years in the USAF, Rob made the transition back to the public sector as an on-air meteorologist, six months prior to Hurricane Katrina. Rob says “Meteorology is not a job for me, it’s my passion. I’m fortunate enough to have been in this wonderfully challenging field since 1992. I solve mysteries. The atmosphere gives you clues and you have to figure out what it’s going to do. How fun is that?” Rob holds a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology from Florida Institute of Technology, along with several military degrees. He is also a member of the National Weather Association. When his attention isn’t focused on weather, it’s on real estate. Rob and his wife own a local realty. Rob loves to spend time volunteering in the local community, and often works with the Boys and Girls Club, the Humane Society, and several others. On a cool south Mississippi Saturday morning, Rob is usually at one of the many beautiful golf courses.