8/5 – The Chief’s “Hot & Humid” Friday Morning Forecast

Today will bring hot and humid conditions with t-storm coverage slightly more reduced for generally areas along/near of I-55 and east to the MS coast given this slightly drier overall environment settling in. Messy clusters of storms will be best rooted along NW surging outflow boundaries, but should be progressive enough to reduce the overall flash flooding risk especially for the south Mississippi.

With an uptick in mid-level drier air comes the potential for entrainment into convective updrafts leading to a gusty downdraft winds. Outside of scattered convection, surface winds will be occasionally breezy out of the southeast which will feel good actually moving the humid air more. Once we warm up enough to mix the atmosphere, I can’t rule out some 10-15 mph gusts at times with periodic higher gusts more so along south-facing shorelines. We dry out around sunset with winds diminishing following decoupling with a mostly clear/calm night ahead. Some patchy light fog possible overnight.

Not much changing as we bump into the weekend on Saturday, with perhaps a slight uptick in overall average moisture leading to a reduction in the dry air in the mid-levels. More of a typical summertime pattern with scattered mainly afternoon/early evening convection with one or two locally heavier storms.

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