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Storms are fewer but not gone going into the weekend

This weekend will be warm with hazy, mostly cloudy skies and a few showers.
This weekend will be warm with hazy, mostly cloudy skies and a few showers.(WTOK)
Published: Jun. 26, 2020 at 5:33 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - As expected, showers and thunderstorms were fewer on Friday. We've still had some rainy spots, and that will be the case again on Saturday.

Friday Evening

Showers will fade through 9 PM this evening. We will cool into the low-to-mid 70s through 10 PM. The rest of tonight will be mostly cloudy with a small chance for a stray shower. The low temperature by morning will be near 70 degrees.

Weekend Forecast

Saturday will be mostly cloudy with dusty haze a few showers. The high temperature will be near 90 degrees. Showers and thunderstorms will increase after 5 PM and last through about 10 PM. Still, not everyone will get rain. The storms that form can produce damaging wind gusts, heavy rain, and abundant lightning.

The second half of the weekend will be partly to mostly cloudy, and the dusty haze should diminish considerably. Temperatures will max out near 93 degrees after a morning low of 73 degrees. A few showers are possible, but widespread doesn't appear likely.

Looking Ahead

Spotty to scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possibly Monday through Friday next week. Those showers and thunderstorms may be more common starting Wednesday.

The Dust Has Arrived

The dust we’ve been tracking is here. Meridian Regional Airport started reported dust in the hourly observations this afternoon. The dust will remain present in high concentrations through Saturday. It will diminish on Sunday and even more on Tuesday and Wednesday. A second plume of dust from Africa’s Sahara Desert could arrive by next Wednesday or Thursday. The abundant clouds are blocking a lot of the sunlight, so distinguishing between the dust and the clouds isn’t easy.

Dust has traveled more than 5,000 miles from Africa's Sahara Desert to the southeastern United States.
Dust has traveled more than 5,000 miles from Africa's Sahara Desert to the southeastern United States.(WTOK)

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