Warm temperatures, dry weather could place in fall record books

Published 7:21 am Monday, October 23, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Fall weather lasted a few days last week as it appears summer’s warm temperatures are back. National Weather Service in Jackson forecasts a week of warm highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s.

Sunday nearly set a record high with temperatures hitting 87 in Brookhaven. Jackson reached a high of 92 tying a record set in 1941 for the warmest high temperature on October 22 according to NWS records.

Monday is forecast to reach 89 degrees which would tie the fifth warmest temperature record on October 23. The warmest high for that day was set in 1899 with a high of 95 degrees. It could take several warm days to close out the month to reach the top five warmest monthly average for October.

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NWS Jackson shows month to date, October 2023 has an average temperature of 68 degrees which is 7.4 degrees cooler than the record average of 75.4 set in 1919. Unless there is further rain, NWS Jackson shows October 2023 could land in the top 10 driest months.

Month to date, NWS Jackson shows a recorded rainfall of 0.23 inches which would tie for ninth place. There have been five Octobers which finished with 0 inches of rain. The record for driest October was set in 2005, 1963, 1952, 1924 and 1904.