Last month’s global land and ocean surface temperature recordings made it the hottest June on record, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
The April-June quarter and the first six months of the year were also record setters for those periods.
Although temperatures have not reached triple digits this year anywhere in the Mid-South, the region felt the heat as well.
According to the National Weather Service, it was Tupelo’s third-hottest June on record and Memphis’ second-hottest.
“We’ve issued 11 heat advisories this year for counties in our warning area,” said Danny Gant, a Weather Service forecaster in Memphis. Heat advisories are issued when the heat index – a combination of temperature and humidity – is expected to top 105 degrees.
The National Weather Service predicts heat indices of 102 to 108 degrees daily at least through Sunday, and safety precautions are urged.
“Heat is the No. 1 weather killer. Young children, elderly people and those with illnesses or heart conditions are most at risk,” the heat advisory states. “Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.”
The same humidity that has so often raised the misery factor has, however, meant sufficient rains in much of Northeast Mississippi.
“In our area, most people have gotten some rain on their crops,” said Stanley Wise Jr., Mississppi State University extension director in Union County. Corn crops look promising, he said, except where early flooding has caused downy mildew, while disease pressures mounting on soybeans are creating questions about that crop’s health.
The western third of the state, along with Southeast Missouri and much of Arkansas, was classified as abnormally dry in last week’s reports. Extreme drought was as near as north Louisiana.
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