Showers & storms increase, help tame the heat

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We have locked into a pattern that screams summer. The pattern pits a few dry, hot days and then a few stormy days that are hot but not-as-hot. We're coming out of the couple of dry days, and we're heading into a few days that will better favor afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

If you have visited WTOK.com, you may have seen the Heat Advisory. It's there, but it isn't for any part of our viewing area. It is just west of us and includes Metro Jackson and areas like Kosciusko and Carthage. With or without a Heat Advisory, we will still be hot - hotter than normal at levels that could become dangerous. High temperatures on Thursday afternoon will be in the mid-90s. Heat indices will be 102-107. The hottest part of the day will be 10 AM through 7 PM. Be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. If you will be outside a lot, take frequent cool breaks. Eat well and take care of yourself to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

The other half of our weather story is increasing showers and thunderstorms. Not everyone will get rain, but increasing coverage of afternoon showers and thunderstorms will bring higher odds that you will be rained on. Keep the umbrella in the car in case you need it, but realize it's possible you don't get any rain. The rain can help us combat the heat. Near showers and thunderstorms, temperatures will drop into the upper 70s and lower 80s. The dry areas will be hotter with mid-90s and heat indices over 100 degrees.

Showers and thunderstorms will be scattered across the area Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons. They will help us tame the intense heat. Fewer showers and thunderstorms on Sunday and Monday will mean the heat increases again. Monday, in particular, could come with high temperatures near 100 degrees and heat indices nearing 115 degrees.