Record heat on Thursday, but slight cooling begins soon

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Record High in Meridian Thursday
Meridian Regional Airport warmed to a temperature of 100 degrees Thursday afternoon. That broke the record high temperature for September 12. The previous record of 98 degrees occurred in 2002.

The Next 24 Hours
This evening will cool slowly from 90s around 6 PM to 80s and eventually to 70s by midnight. The rest of tonight will be mostly clear. Low temperatures by morning will be in the lower 70s. Friday will warm from lower 70s early through the 80s and into the lower 90s by 11 AM. Our forecast high for Friday is 98 degrees. The record high for the date is 98 degrees, which happened in 1954. The forecast would tie the record high.

Looking Ahead
The heat will gradually step back on Saturday, then a little bit more on Sunday, then a little bit more still on Monday and Tuesday. Spotty-to-scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible Sunday through Wednesday. Not everyone will get rain every day, and not any day will be all day rain for anyone. Those of us who are lucky enough to be found by any showers or thunderstorms will cool into the upper 70s and lower 80s. Temperatures away from the showers or thunderstorms will be in the 90s.

Tropical Depression Could Form By Friday
The latest forecasts from the National Hurricane Center indicate Potential Tropical Storm Nine could become a tropical depression on Friday. It could intensify into a tropical storm on Saturday and target the central Atlantic Coast of Florida.

The official forecast track keeps this system well east of us in East Mississippi and West Alabama. The official forecast track would limit the rain for us. Confidence is low in this forecast, however, as our forecast guidance is split between a track toward the northern Gulf Coast or perhaps even staying well offshore in the Atlantic Ocean. Although the official forecast is not one that will mean any impact for us, it's still too early to say we are in the clear.