Locals enjoying the break from the heat and humidity

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The great outdoors was living up to its name Tuesday morning as cooler and drier air settles in for the rest of the week.

“It’s never usually this kind of cool like in the mornings. It’s usually kind of like you said, humid or hot, so it’s pretty cool to come out here and have a breeze before the heat hits,” says Jamie Lewis, who was at Bonita Lakes enjoying the cooler weather. “I’ll probably be out here every day this week. Like I said, it’s not often that it’s like this so just take advantage of it while you can.”

“Oh man the fresh air is just fantastic. Loving it,” says Norman Coleman. “I love it, even the humidity. I grew up on a farm, so I’m used to it.”

We are getting a break from the heat and humidity because colder and drier air from the north has moved in behind a cold front that moved through Monday. Dew points have dropped into the 50s, and that’s not too common for this time of year.

“I just want to come out and enjoy this great moment, and try to get this walk in right after I get out of work for relaxing time, and then be able to go home and just relax,” says Anita Elder.

Locals we talked to say this break from the humidity is bringing them outside for exercise.

“I was going to the gym but now I started coming out and walking and enjoying the sunlight,” Elder explains.

“Sometimes I change my plans [when it’s too humid] but I also I kind of like to come out in the heat too and kind of sweat it out, so it just really depends,” Lewis says. “It’s Mississippi weather so you just have to get used to it.”

The humidity factor will begin to increase again by the weekend as a strong southerly flow brings back moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.

Meridian’s record low for June is 42 degrees, set June 1, 1984.

Meridian’s record high for June is 104 degrees, set June 29, 1988.

The current average high is 89 degrees and the average low is 65 degrees.