Light Rain Showers Expected for Mississippi Today; Restricted Fire Hazard Advisory in Effect

Bryan Dijkhuizen

Beyond a few hours of clear sky, low clouds have stubbornly remained this morning, a few hours after expected. As the day continues to warm up throughout the afternoon, clouds should begin to decrease and cloud bases should begin to increase.

Because of this, temperatures will rise significantly, with highs in most places reaching around 80 degrees. Otherwise, the prediction stays on track, with just a few light showers predicted over the rest of the day.

As a mid/upper short wave moves eastward from the Central Plains into the Great Lakes, we'll begin to see a shift in weather conditions. A portion of the corresponding surface reaction is already occurring, with the flow growing more southerly and bringing more moisture back to the surface.

Increased moisture and isentropic ascent will result in an increase in lower to mid-level clouds, which should be enough to spark isolated to scattered showers today and into the next night. Showers will be concentrated mostly along and west of the Mississippi River valley, and the quantities will be insignificant.

The surface pressure gradient will continue to tighten today, resulting in gusty southerly winds throughout the day and perhaps some windy conditions continuing into the evening.

The rise in moisture is a positive trend in terms of the recent fire threat, but the increase in wind speeds is a cause for worry, especially considering the dry ground conditions in certain locations, particularly in areas where a few flames may still be burning from yesterday's fires.

Due to this, we will continue to issue a restricted fire hazard advisory today, focusing on locations further east in the area where relative humidity will be somewhat lower throughout the afternoon.

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