SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - It was a cold wake up on Thursday with temperatures near-freezing in many locations. Good news for those that aren't a fan of winter: a big temperature turnaround is on the way.
For Thursday afternoon, temperatures will warm into the 60s which is near-normal for this time of year. But, by Saturday and Sunday, it's the return of 70s.
South winds will continue to pull in even warmer air to the Gulf Coast region for Sunday and Monday, allowing for near-record heat. Afternoon temperatures on those days will be in the mid to upper 70s with some South Mississippi locations pushing 80 degrees.
"It's been a pretty warm February so far," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "We've only been able to see a few quick cool spells. And with another warm-up on the way, it's looking likely that the month will finish warmer than normal."
Keep in mind that last month was Biloxi's 17th warmest January on record.
Temperatures are expected to stay warmer than normal heading into the middle of next week.
You can see the latest 10-Day Temperature Forecast for your location in the free WLOX Weather App.