Extreme heat threat Tuesday to Thursday

Published 3:59 pm Monday, July 31, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — National Weather Service in Jackson has placed Lincoln County and Southwest Mississippi in the purple for extreme heat stress risk Tuesday through Thursday. Heat indices could be as high as 110 and temperatures in the upper 90s.

Fortunately, the humidity is not as high and pop up thunderstorms aren’t as likely this week. Tuesday has a high of 98 degrees with a heat index of 106. A nice 5mph breeze is possible in the afternoon from the east. Tuesday night will be partly cloudy with a low of 74.

Wednesday is forecast to have a high of 101 and a 20 percent chance of showers after 1 p.m. Wednesday night is forecast to be a mostly clear night and will allow the heat to escape. Despite this, the low will still be warm at 75.

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Thursday is forecast to hit 99 but there is a 30 percent chance of showers after 1 p.m.

Today’s temperature and the forecasted ones this week are still below the record temperatures. NWS Jackson has data on temperatures from each calendar day going back to 1896. For example, July 31 in 1930 had a record high temperature of 103 and in 1897 had the record low of 62 degrees. Monday’s recorded high of 98 degrees falls short of the record but it is above the average high of 93 degrees.

Check back for updates on the forecasted heat index each day. NWS Jackson warns the temperatures could increase the risk of heat stroke with prolonged outdoor activity.

Remember to stay hydrated this week and stay cool.