First Alert Forecast: record setting heat to start the MS State Fair

First Alert Forecast: record setting heat to start the MS State Fair
Record setting heat likely to start off the 160th Mississippi State Fair. (Source: WLBT)

It's potentially the hottest start to the Mississippi State Fair on record as highs look to top out in the upper 90s today, around 97° in Downtown Jackson! Many of us will be at jeopardy of tying/breaking high temperature records this afternoon, and we'll still be hanging on to the mid 90s even by Thursday. If you have plans to go to opening night at the fair, however, temperatures will start in the low-mid 90s by the time gates open, wrapping up in the upper 70s around 11pm.

Although our ridge of high pressure aloft remains in control and high pressure at the surface will continue to keep us mainly dry today, that first of two cold fronts will sag far enough south Thursday to spark a few showers and thunderstorms. Although not everyone will see rain, keep in mind that you may have to dodge a downpour or two heading out the door.

The chance for isolated-widely scattered showers and storms will take us into Saturday as the front passes through the area... this will eventually bring on our first drop in temperatures. Highs Friday through Sunday will only reach the low 90s each afternoon.

Our second cold front approaches the area into the end of the weekend/start of next week. This front will pack more of a punch, increasing our storm chances late Sunday into Monday, and bringing a much more dramatic cooldown by the start of the upcoming work week! Highs will return to average, meaning upper 70s and low 80s each afternoon! Many will even be waking up to the 50s by Tuesday morning. Dry air will have also moved back in by this point, so anticipate fall conditions with plenty of sunshine by the end of the 7-day forecast.

Rachel's Wednesday Afternoon Forecast

Rachel Coulter

WLBT/FOX 40 First Alert Meteorologist

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