First Alert Forecast: Heat Advisories today, potential tropical impacts this weekend...

Heat Advisories are in effect through 7PM for much of the area as feels-like temperatures are expected to reach the 105-110° range. In addition, actual temperatures reached 100° for the first time in 4 years this afternoon in Jackson! Although a few showers and storms are possible today, and have already formed as of the lunch hour, the relief from this scattered activity will be temporary. Be sure to stay hydrated and take frequent breaks in the air conditioning if you have any plans to be outdoors for an extended period of time.

A few showers and storms will be possible finishing out the work week, before those rain chances climb into the weekend. We continue to monitor Potential Tropical Cyclone Two, which is now churning in the Gulf of Mexico, likely to intensify to Tropical Depression or Storm strength by Thursday. The National Hurricane Center has already issued Tropical Storm Watches along the LA coastline, as to-be "Barry" could make landfall as a Category 1 Hurricane just to our SW. We are still several days out from landfall and a lot has yet to be learned... be sure to stay tuned each and every day for continued updates regarding strength and location forecasts.

At this point, heavy rainfall looks to be our biggest concern, especially for our Southern Mississippi Counties... high winds are also possible, but that potential is a lot more uncertain at this time. We’ll also have to watch out for a few tornadoes into the upcoming weekend!

First Alert Forecast: heat continues; tropical mischief looms

Rachel Coulter

WLBT/FOX 40 First Alert Meteorologist

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @Coulter_wx

Copyright 2019 WLBT. All rights reserved.