First Alert Forecast: sun, clouds, downpours continue into holiday weekend

Published: Jul. 1, 2022 at 4:48 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 1, 2022 at 9:13 AM CDT
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FRIDAY: More of the same expected to round out the work week across central and southwest Mississippi. While the mornings may start off with a mix of sun and clouds, the afternoon heating will percolate scattered showers and storms that will last through early evening before diminishing. Highs will top out in the 80s to near 90; lows will be in the lower to middle 70s.

HOLIDAY WEEKEND PLANNER: An upper disturbance will pinwheel over parts of the area on Saturday – sparking periods of showers and storms across the area; some could be more persistent in southwest Mississippi. Coverage, while still noticeable, won’t be as great for Sunday into Monday. Expect a mix of clouds and sun with highs in 80s to near 90; lows in the lower to middle 70s. Sunday and Monday are more likely to not feature a complete washout, but still be cognizant of storm chances during the afternoon and evening hours each day.

EXTENDED FORECAST: The deep tropical moisture hangs around and stays stagnant, thanks to the open flow off the Gulf. Afternoon storm chance remain in play each day through mid-late next week with highs in the lower to middle 90s. A front will approach the region by late next week into next weekend – bringing better chances for rain, before finally scouring out the deep moisture plume.

TALKIN’ TROPICS: Tropical Storm Bonnie has formed its far southwest Caribbean. Strengthening is possible as it moves westward toward Costa Rica and Nicaragua by tonight. If it emerges in the Pacific and maintains its circulation over the land, it could continue to strengthen and be the first system to go from the Atlantic to the Pacific since Otto in 2016.

Patrick Ellis

WLBT/FOX 40 First Alert Meteorologist

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