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Caution outdoors during this weekend's heat wave

Much of the southeast will experience a heat wave this weekend. Much of the southeast will experience a heat wave this weekend.
It will feel like 100 to 105 degrees in South Mississippi on Saturday afternoon. It will feel like 100 to 105 degrees in South Mississippi on Saturday afternoon.
The heat index will also top 100 degrees on Sunday across all of South Mississippi. The heat index will also top 100 degrees on Sunday across all of South Mississippi.
South Mississippians should practice extra caution if outdoors over the next few days, especially in direct sun. South Mississippians should practice extra caution if outdoors over the next few days, especially in direct sun.
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

It's the weekend! So, that means plenty of people rushing outdoors to enjoy the Mississippi Gulf Coast events and other activities. But, a heat wave has arrived just in time to crank up the dial on that summer-like feel to the air.

South Mississippi will feel like 100 to 105 degrees on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

"This heat wave is all thanks to a ridge of high pressure aloft," explained WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "That high pressure causes a lot of dry, sinking air that will not only bring the heat but will also keep the rain showers away."

Saturday morning's WLOX First Alert forecast called for South Mississippi's heat index to hit over 100 degrees each day through Tuesday.

"Heading into the work week, this ridge of dry and hot high pressure will begin to break down thanks thanks to an approaching trough of low pressure aloft," Williams said. "This low pressure trough will bring unsettled weather, scattered rain showers and thunderstorms, to much of the southeast for Monday through Thursday. But, at least that rain should provide some relief from the summer heat."

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