SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Winter begins on Wednesday during an event known as the winter solstice. Overall, South Mississippi's weather pattern will actually be warming up instead of cooling down.
The winter solstice is the moment at which the sun's rays are directly angled over the southern hemisphere's Tropic of Capricorn. This allows for a warmer season below the earth's equator and is the southern hemisphere's summer.
Yes, while parts of the U.S. are under snow and cold each December, if you travel to the other side of the equator this time of year, it's actually typically hot and summer-like.
This lack of direct sunlight over the northern hemisphere, our part of the planet, during this time of year leads us to our cold season known you know as winter.
It also means that the days seem shorter with later sunrises and earlier sunsets. In fact, December 21 will be our shortest day of the year with only about ten hours and eleven minutes of daylight due to a sunrise around 6:49 A.M. and a sunset around 5:00 P.M.
South Mississippi's temperature will trend upwards on Wednesday, the first day of winter, with afternoon highs warming into the mid 60s. While, 60s may not be warm enough to make you sweat, it's a far cry from the chilly start to this week when we had temperatures in the 40s and 50s all-day on Monday and Tuesday.
Increasing warmth continues into Thursday with more 60s expected before a cold front arrives and cools the region down for Friday. But, that cool down is short-lived and our temperatures will rebound into the 70s for Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day.