Mississippi’s brutal summer is about to get even hotter.
The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting that residents will be met with daily high temperatures nearing or surpassing 100 degrees throughout the week and that Thursday’s heat could shatter multiple calendar day records across the state.
NWS Jackson is forecasting that temperatures will reach up to 107 degrees in certain areas of the state on Thursday, which would break the all-time records in Greenwood, Hattiesburg, and Natchez, and tie the records in Jackson and Meridian.
“We are forecasting an all-time high for Thursday,” a representative with NWS stated. “This week could be one of the hottest weeks we have ever experienced in our history — at least in recorded history.”
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While the Magnolia State continues to face extreme heat, NWS is urging residents to limit outdoor activities and to remain hydrated at all times.
Central and southern portions of Mississippi remain under a burn ban as the current drought continues to plague the state. The potential for wildfires has elevated due to the hot and dry conditions. NWS has issued a red flag warning for those in the southeastern part of the state to reiterate the higher likelihood of wildfires spreading from any kind of burning.
NWS does not expect any rainfall to occur in the state throughout the week.