A cold front will arrive as the week comes to a close - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

A cold front will arrive as the week comes to a close

A cold front brings cooler temps for the weekend but don't count on rain A cold front brings cooler temps for the weekend but don't count on rain
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A couple of early morning stray showers developed over the Mid-South Wednesday, but much more is needed as rainfall amounts remain well below average, especially from Memphis, south into north Mississippi.  

As Meteorologist Spencer Denton pointed out in his blog Wednesday, abnormal to severe drought conditions persist for the southern portion of the Mid-South. The months of August and September ended with rainfall amounts nearly two and half inches below average for both months.

Average temperatures were also well above normal limits, contributing to a high drying potential and the drought conditions currently in place. The Climate Prediction Center is projecting above average temperatures for the fall season, as well as below average precipitation for the same period.

We've certainly felt the heat and despite the brief downpour this morning, the month of October is off to a relatively dry start. Tropical storm systems are typically a major moisture delivery system for the southern and southeastern U.S. during the late summer and early fall, but that has not been the case this year.

Even with Hurricane Matthew poised to impact Florida and possibly the Carolinas, that system will not bring much if relief to a very parched southeast and we certainly won't get any rain here in the Mid-South from that system.  

A cold front will exit the Central Plains as the week comes to a close, and it will likely bring rain to the nation's midsection, but due to the dry air firmly entrenched over the middle and lower Mississippi River Valley, that front won't bring much needed rain to the Mid-South.  

Even the possibility for a few stray showers is slim. On the other hand, the front will bring a nice break from the heat. Afternoon highs for the weekend will only reach the mid to upper seventies behind the front Saturday and Sunday, and we can expect some cool nights, with lows falling into the upper forties to lower fifties. So you may want to dust off the umbrella just in case a shower develops Friday night, but you're more likely to need a long sleeve shirt for the weekend temperatures.  

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