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Heavy storms likely on Saturday

Another round of scattered to widespread showers and thunderstorms is on the way for Saturday.
Another round of scattered to widespread showers and thunderstorms is on the way for Saturday.(WTOK)
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 6:06 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Scattered to widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected again on Saturday. This is a change in previous forecasts based on new forecast data. The chance for rain has increased from 30% to 60%.

This Weekend’s Forecast

That means our weekend plans should have an indoor alternative.  A disturbance in the middle levels of the atmosphere will track over us on Saturday afternoon, bringing an increase in showers and thunderstorms. Sunday will be drier overall, but a few showers or thunderstorms are still possible in the afternoon. More areas will stay dry on Sunday, especially compared to Saturday. The high temperatures both afternoons will be in the lower 90s.

Our Next 24 Hours

A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible this evening. Otherwise we’ll be partly to mostly cloudy and muggy. We’ll cool from 80s around sunset to mid-70s by 10 PM. The low temperature by morning will be near 73 degrees. Saturday starts with some sun amid a partly to mostly cloudy sky. We’ll warm into the upper 80s and lower 90s in the early afternoon. Scattered to widespread showers and thunderstorms will increase and cool us off through the late afternoon. Some storms can be heavy. The heaviest storms can bring 1-2 inches of rain, but we won’t all get that much.

Trouble In The Tropics?

Also worth noting, the National Hurricane Center is called our attention to the potential for some tropical development in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico early next week. There’s no disturbance there right now. A large low pressure trough will sweep a plume of tropical moisture from the Pacific Ocean into the southern Gulf of Mexico this weekend. Conditions are favorable for some development, and this is an area historically favored for tropical development this time of year. There is some possibility, but not a guarantee, that if this develops, it could influence our weather late next week. We’ll be watching this closely for you.

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