SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The official start to the fall season will take place next Thursday, during the autumnal equinox.
What is the autumnal equinox?
It is the moment when the sun is angled directly over the equator following our summer, providing us with days and nights that are nearly equal in length.
Heading into our winter season, the sun will angle farther south toward the Tropic of Capricorn which will lead to longer nights and shorter days for us in Earth's northern hemisphere.
Typically that translates into cooler weather for our part of the planet as well.
But, will it actually feel like fall next week?
"We may not get a big cool down, but perhaps we'll finally begin to get rid of the summer-like heat," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "While the forecast is not calling for any big cold fronts next week across South Mississippi, we typically see an end to 90° days around late September."
But, don't get your hopes up too much... history shows that 90° days are possible in the local area well into late October!