By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Northeast Mississippi this week welcomes cooler, wetter conditions and a break from the relentless heat responsible for 11 records in Tupelo alone since June 28.
The National Weather Service predicts high temperatures maxing out in the upper 80s and lower 90s for the next five days and a 30 to 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms through the end of the week.
That’s versus the past two weeks where maximum daily temperatures stayed in the upper 90s and lower 100s, and the region saw almost no rainfall. That’s about 10 degrees higher than normal and about 2 inches of rain below normal during that period.
Across the United States, more than 3,000 temperature records were shattered during the “Record Heat Wave” of June 28 and July 4, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the federal agency that runs the National Weather Service.
Tupelo racked up seven records during that time; it picked up four more in the days since then.
Heat has been blamed for an estimated five dozen deaths nationwide, including that of a Tishomingo man on July 1.