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Typical summer weather conditions in store for this week

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Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 4:07 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Nothing too crazy is forecast to happen this week weather-wise. A typical summer pattern will unfold across our area over the next several days. There have been a few showers and storms that have developed this afternoon, but most of us have stayed dry today. Any showers and storms that have developed this afternoon will begin to dissipate after sunset. We’ll see mostly cloudy skies overnight with a chance of a stray shower. Temperatures will only drop into the low-to-mid-70s by sunrise on Tuesday. That’s a bit above average for this time of year. Tuesday will feature partly cloudy skies with a chance of scattered showers and storms in the afternoon. Rainfall coverage will be slightly greater than compared to Monday, but many of us will still remain dry overall Tuesday afternoon. Highs will be in the low-90s on Tuesday with heat index values as high as 101.

Heat index values could climb even higher as we head into our day on Wednesday. We’ll once again see partly cloudy skies on Wednesday with a chance of afternoon scattered showers and storms. Heat index values could climb as high as 102 Wednesday afternoon. The best chance of rain this week will be on Thursday as a disturbance moves across our area. If you do not see rain on either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, you are more likely to see rain on Thursday. An isolated strong to severe storm cannot be ruled out Thursday afternoon, with 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-size hail as the two threats.

Storm chances will go down heading into our Independence Day weekend. We’ll still see a chance of scattered showers and storms each afternoon, but storm development will be driven by daytime heating as opposed to an organized storm system. Highs will stay in the low-90s through the weekend with heat index values topping out around 100 degrees each afternoon. If you have any plans to light some fireworks for the Fourth of July Saturday night, you should be dry as any rain showers/storms will taper off after sunset. Scattered shower and storm chances will stick around heading into next Monday with highs staying in the low-90s.

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