Today will likely be the hottest day of the August heat wave, as temperatures soar to 100 degrees this afternoon. An Excessive Heat Warning includes the entire state of Mississippi through this evening, as heat index values exceed 110 degrees. In the Jackson Metro, feels like temperatures could get up to 115 degrees.
Temperatures near 100, coupled with high dewpoints in the upper 70s, will result in feels like temperatures well over 105 degrees state wide today. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are very possible in this type of heat if you are not staying cool and hydrated.
Pavement temperatures will also be scorching, over 140 degrees, so dog walking on the street or sidewalk is not safe this afternoon. Also remember that kids and the elderly are the first to feel affects from the oppressive heat.
There is good news though. Tomorrow, a frontal system will push into southern Mississippi. This will drop temperatures into the low 90s and increase rain chances. Stay with Storm Team 12 for continuing coverage of these dangerous temperatures.