South sizzles under holiday weekend heat wave

South sizzles under holiday weekend heat wave
Heat index will generally range between 100 to 107 this weekend, just shy of the danger level.
Heat index will generally range between 100 to 107 this weekend, just shy of the danger level.

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - As the Independence Day weekend gets underway, the South begins a stretch of days with feels like temperatures topping 100 degrees.

A weak upper ridge of high pressure will spread across much of the Southeast region on Saturday, bringing dry air aloft. This will keep Saturday's rain chance slim to none which will allow for plenty of heat.


Saturday's highs will reach the low to mid 90s along the coast with upper 90s possible inland. The heat index will generally range from 100 to 105 with a few spots up to 107.

Saturday night's fireworks shows look good weatherwise.


A weakness will develop in our dry ridge of high pressure. That means that a few pop-up showers will be possible in isolated areas. This tiny rain chance will continue into the 4th of July as well.

"While a few isolated showers will be possible on Sunday and Monday, widespread rain is not expected," WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams said. "I don't think Sunday's or Monday's isolated showers will be enough to ruin holiday plans. And, if nothing else, at least a little rain would help us to cool down a tad."

"The best chance for rain on Sunday and Monday is during the afternoon," said Williams. "So, I don't think that evening and nighttime fireworks displays will be affected too much."

While only a few will see rain on Sunday and Monday, all of South Mississippi will feel plenty of heat. Sunday and Monday's high temperatures will remain in the low to mid 90s with the heat index remaining from about 100 to 107 degrees.

This heat wave is expected to continue well into the upcoming work week with little rain relief.

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