UPDATE: Jackson breaks another record; all-time June records tied as heat wave continues
UPDATE: Heat advisories extended through weekend as record-breaking heat wave continues
UPDATE: Heat advisory in effect across much of the state of Mississippi
UPDATE: Heat wave breaks 100 year old record in Jackson; numerous other records fall
Summer does not officially began for another three weeks but the weather is getting a head start with a record-breaking heat wave already in progress across Mississippi and the region and it is expected to continue with little if any relief over the next several days.
An expansive upper ridge of high pressure that has setup over the Central and Southern United States is responsible for the intensifying heat and prolonged dry weather, making for weather conditions more like July and August and not early June.
This is expected to hold firm in place, resulting in continued unusually hot and mainly dry weather through at least next Wednesday with only a slim chance of an isolated afternoon thunderstorm over the weekend, especially across Southern Mississippi.
Blistering heat with temperatures maxing out in the upper 90s to around 100 degrees each afternoon will be common around the state with overnight low temperatures averaging in the low to mid 70s.
This combined with increasing humidity will result in heat index values in the low to mid 100s, which may prompt heat advisories over the weekend.
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The temperatures in the upper 90s to around 100 degrees around the state are running some 10 to 15 degrees above normals expected this time of year and are resulting in widespread record-breaking temperatures.
On Wednesday, temperatures reached as high as 101 degrees in Gulfport, 100 degrees in Hattiesburg and Biloxi, 99 degrees in McComb and 98 degrees in Pascagoula, all of which were new record highs for June 1st across Southern Mississippi and the gulf coast.
While not record-breaking in the capital city of Jackson, the high temperature reached its highest mark of the year so far with a max temperature of 98 degrees Wednesday afternoon.
Even hotter temperatures are expected in Jackson and around the state as the impressive record-breaking heat experienced on Wednesday in South Mississippi expands.
Dozens of record high temperatures are expected to be broken Thursday afternoon including in Jackson and over the next several days across Mississippi as temperatures continue to soar near or around the century mark.
Everyone is advised to use extreme caution if you have to spend any prolonged length of time outdoors during this ongoing heat wave.