Sunday, July 16 Forecast Discussion

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Just can't seem to catch a completely dry day for outdoor plans this weekend am I right? Scattered thunderstorms have again bubbled up across the area this afternoon, producing some localized heavy rainfall and downpours. The numerous clouds along with the rainfall have thankfully kept temperatures down as a benefit, with some areas just scratching 90 degrees. Heading into tonight, any storm activity should be wrapped up by midnight, lending to mostly cloudy skies. Locations that have seen heavy rainfall today will experience some patchy fog due to dewpoints continuing to be high and calm winds.

Very warm, dry air will really push in at the middle and upper levels heading into Monday, but moisture will still remain at the surface. Because of the lingering moisture, isolated storms will pop up throughout the day to kick off our work week, though most of these storms won't last long with the atmosphere being capped some. Highs will climb into the lower 90's again tomorrow before high pressure starts to really build in.

The heat ridge over the center of the country will arrive on Tuesday and become the main weather feature over the Southeast straight into the weekend. Other than the occasional pop-up afternoon storm, most of us will stay dry each day, meaning hardly any relief from the heat. Highs will go from the middle 90's Tuesday into the upper 90's for Thursday and Friday, when the ridge will be at it's strongest. Heat advisories are likely to come for those two days, so remember to stay cool and hydrated. Timing isn't exact yet, but by the weekend the ridge should be on its way out, meaning highs will begin dropping back toward the lower 90's.