First Alert Forecast: Slightly below average today, heating up by the weekend

Periods of showers & storms likely through the 7-day forecast...
It's busy out in the tropics! Fortunately, no direct, local impacts are anticipated at this...
It's busy out in the tropics! Fortunately, no direct, local impacts are anticipated at this time from any of the three systems we are tracking...(WLBT)
Published: Aug. 16, 2021 at 6:05 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2021 at 2:19 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Tropical Storm Fred looks quite impressive today as is nears the FL Panhandle. All wind and rain impacts will be felt out east towards FL, AL, and GA. Here in central MS, it will be warm and muggy with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s. A few isolated to scattered showers and storms will be possible this afternoon/evening so it wouldn’t hurt to keep an umbrella nearby today.

Summery conditions will continue through the rest of the work week with high pressure in control of our forecast. High temperatures will be near average in the low 90s. There will also be a daily chance for PM scattered showers and storms with most diminishing after sunset each day.

We are also still tracking Tropical Depression Grace which is impacting Hispaniola today. With high pressure holding strong across the south section of the US, Grace is expected to take more of a westerly track though the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. It won’t be a problem for us here in central MS since Grace will stay far off to the south. Tropical Depression 8 is almost a tropical storm this afternoon to the east of Bermuda. At this point, it likely won’t pose a threat to the US since it will stay out over the Atlantic.

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