MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - After eight days in a row of heat advisories and excessive heat warnings, we are finally expecting temperatures to drop back down to near normal levels.
A ridge of high pressure caused dangerous heat for most of the southeast this week, but the ridge will start to break down at the beginning of next week. The heat index has been at 108 degrees or more in Memphis this week and the actual temperature hit 100 degrees for the first time on Friday. The heat will stick around all weekend, but we likely won't see any heat advisories next week.
A weather system will move into the Mid-South on Monday and then stall north of our area, which will increase rain chances through Wednesday. A weak cold front will impact the Mid-South on Thursday and Friday. At this point severe weather chances are low, but some thunderstorms could have heavy rain and gusty winds. There will be a 30-40% chance for thunderstorms Monday through Saturday.
The increased cloud cover and rain will keep temperatures at or below average, which is around 92 degrees. Humidity will still be high for most of the week, but heat index values will stay below the heat advisory level of 105 degrees. This means that the heat index will be 10-20 degrees below what we had last week. Behind the front on Thursday/Friday next week, temperatures will remain around 90 degrees.
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