Leaves starting to fall, no break from summer heat

Published 3:37 pm Friday, August 11, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Leaves are starting to fall off of trees but the temperature outside is no where close to an autumn day. High temperatures are forecast to stay in the high 90s and possibly reach triple digits this weekend and going into next week.

Forecasts on the National Weather Service in Jackson website show temperatures will only cool off to 79 degrees tonight before hitting 99 degrees Saturday. Sunday and Monday is forecast to have highs of 100 degrees. The hot high temperatures and warm low temperatures give no break from the heat.

NWS Jackson warns heat stroke is imminent with any prolonged outdoor activity in these temperatures. Heat indices could rise as high as 110 to 115 this weekend. It is best to stay hydrated, take breaks if working outside and find shady areas.

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Rain chances dropped drastically next week. The forecast earlier this week showed a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain early next week. Precipitation chances have dropped down to 20 percent for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week.

Brookhaven has gotten 0.00 inches of rain this month and just 8 inches of rain since June. The only good news about the weather is a northern wind will blow Tuesday afternoon ushering in a low of 69 degrees. Wednesday night is forecast to cool down to 70 degrees.

Average temperatures have historically dropped starting August 15th going into the fall. September 22 is the Autumn Equinox and the official first day of fall. It is unlikely any high temperature records get set this weekend as the forecasted highs are three to four degrees cooler than the records. August highest temperature ever recorded was 107 degrees on August 30 in 2000. The same high record was set on July 29, 1930.