Another warm and pleasant August afternoon following a record breaking morning!
Record lows were set in Vicksburg, Jackson, & McComb!
-Vicksburg dropped to 53 degrees, breaking the old record of 56 set in 1952.
-Jackson dropped to 56 degrees, breaking the old record of 57 set in 1958.
-McComb dropped to 58 degrees, breaking the old record of 59 set in 1958.
Due to the dry air and sunshine, temperatures are warming quickly today as highs reach the upper 80s to near 90. The reason for the significant morning to afternoon temperature contrast is because dry air warms and cools more efficiently than moist air.
Humidity and temperatures begin increasing tomorrow through the weekend; highs return to the low and middle 90s each day with very little opportunity for rain through at least the beginning of next week.
In the tropics, after strengthening a bit early this morning, Erika weakened this afternoon; winds have decreased to 45 mph.
The system remains disorganized as it moves into the Caribbean; if it does survive the Caribbean Islands (which is a big if), some strengthening is certainly possible due to very warm water north of Cuba toward the Bahamas and off the Florida coast. However, if Erika doesn't become better organized this evening and tonight, there is a possibility the system could dissipate as it moves across the Dominican Republic and Haiti during the day tomorrow. That said, impacts along the U.S. East Coast are still possible next week. As always, we'll keep you updated with the latest information and forecast changes.