Saturday, July 15 Forecast Discussion

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Happy Saturday everyone! Skies are a bit dark out this afternoon as scattered storms have developed across much of the area. Much like yesterday afternoon/evening, these storms will be fairly decent in coverage heading into the evening thanks to a cold front slowly pushing south into the Twin States. The good news about all the rain is that temperatures have stayed a bit lower this afternoon, as we've just barely climbed above 90 degrees. Going into tonight, storms should hang together until a bit after sunset and then diminish off. Clouds will stick around though, as skies will be mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 70's.

The cold front will stall just off to our south, leaving a boundary available for scattered storms to develop on Sunday. Most of the action will be confined to the afternoon during the heat of the day, so if you have outdoor plans, in the morning is your best bet to stay dry. We'll top out in the lower 90's once again tomorrow thanks to numerous clouds once again. By Monday the front will be moving out, allowing for some isolated thunderstorm development, but not as much as this weekend.

High pressure coming in from the west will start setting up by mid-week, bringing dry conditions but also the heat with it. The very humid tropical air mass set up over the Southeast combined with this high pressure center will bring temperatures into the middle and upper 90's with heat indices at 105 or better. Thursday looks to be the hottest day of the week with a high of 96. Expect heat advisories through the middle of the week before the ridge begins to lose its grip over the region heading into the weekend. Even as the pattern shifts a bit, we can't quite escape the dogs days of summer, as highs will still be in the lower to middle 90's for Friday and next Saturday.