Monday, May 20 Afternoon Forecast Discussion

Sunshine eroding a lot of the cloud cover out there today as high pressure builds back in across the area. Temperatures have made it to at least 90 in Meridian today, which is a little ahead of schedule of our expected return to 90 this week. As a result, highs for the Tuesday I will bump up a nudge.

We will level in the lower to middle 90s through Thursday as high pressure fights off an area of low pressure approaching from the west. As a result, our heat will likely plateau for a day or two while the ridge deflects the low to our north on Wednesday and Thursday and keeps us dry as a result.

Once the low moves away for Friday, the ridge will be free to strengthen over our area, and it will intensify rapidly over the southeast as we head into the Memorial Day Weekend. Highs will warm the highest we have been in over a year (our warmest in 2018 was 97). Highs should reach 98 through the weekend with us making it to at least 99 on Memorial Day, which would tie us for the warmest all-time May high temperature. It is possible we could see triple digits late next week, which would be the earliest we have ever made it to 100 (earliest 100 degree day is June 5).