7/10 – Rob’s “VERY HOT” Friday Morning Forecast

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An upper level high-pressure centered over southern New Mexico now expands across about 2/3’s of the country. The area sits on the eastern edge of this high-pressure…not so far under the high pressure that subsidence keeps rain chances at zero but plenty close enough to bring heat advisory conditions to the forecast area.

A digging disturbance through the Ohio River Valley and Appalachian Mountains may bring a few storms across northern fringe of the area along the northwesterly flow late in the afternoon. If this does take place, we will have to monitor for severity as NW flow can sometimes produce overachieving storms. Moving into the weekend, continued low rain chances combined with increasing pressure means high temps will continue to soar into the mid-90s. Saturated soils will help to maintain high 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. Some locations will be borderline excessive heat warning. Lows will struggle to reach the upper 70s for many locations.

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Looks like we may move into more of a typical Summer pattern mid to late next week. We will still be quite warm but rain chances may start to increase. High-pressure to our west will continue to dominate the region to start the week but will begin to slide east. It may become centered over the Lower MS Valley Tuesday and possibly into Wednesday. If that is the case we will still likely be dealing with the rather oppressive conditions and heat advisories may need to continue. Also this would suggest rather bleak rain chances for Tuesday and maybe into Wednesday.

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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.