CHRISTMAS EVE: A milder start Friday will give way to a warmer finish through the afternoon hours – highs will quickly run up into the middle to upper 70s, about 15-20 degrees above average for this time of the year. This will be along with an aggressive southwest flow – gusting 25-35 mph. Santa’s ride through Mississippi will be warm and breezy Friday night – lows will be in the lower 60s.
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY: Morning warmth will stick around through Christmas Day amid a mix of sun and clouds. Highs will top out in the upper 70s and lower 80s – near record territory. Winds will remain aggressive through the day, with gusts running 20-30 mph. A rogue shower or two can’t be ruled out, though the vast majority of locations and hours will be completely dry.
EXTENDED FORECAST: We’ll slip down a few degrees to the middle to upper 70s Sunday and into early next week. Expect a mix of sun and clouds to kick off the last week of 2021, though scattered showers, storm chances return at times through mid-late week amid the warm air still holding over the area as the pattern trends muddier. A front looks poised to move through the area just after the new year to usher temperatures back to near normal for early January.
WLBT/FOX 40 First Alert Meteorologist
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