For 2 weeks, massive hot high pressure has squashed rain chances and brought eight 100-degree days to the Memphis metro. Drought conditions have become "severe" (by definition) or worse as the last widespread rain fell on June 11-12 from a wind storm that seems like it was months ago. That ends today.
|Upper-level pattern on Saturday morning (July 7) - massive high pressure centered to our north kept the storm track (purple arrow) well to the north and left the Mid-South with very hot and dry weather|
|5-day total precipitation forecast by NOAA/NWS - valid Sunday through Friday morning|
Severe weather is possible, though won't be widespread, this week. The main threats will be localized hail and some strong wind gusts in the stronger storms that form, mainly in the afternoon and early evening hours today through Tuesday.
Looking a little further out, there are some signals that indicate the heat may return for the latter portion of the month, so enjoy the respite from it this week! Your lawns will appreciate nature's watering can better than yours and your wallet will appreciate your not having to run the sprinklers this week!
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