Low humidity makes for fine holiday weather in South Mississippi

mhalford@sunherald.com Twitter: MaryMargaretSHJuly 5, 2014 

A lack of humidity in the air has made being outside in South Mississippi far more bearable over the Independence Day weekend, but that isn't expected to last much longer, meteorologists with the National Weather Service said.

Temperatures climbed to 93 degrees on Friday, with no cloud cover or rain in sight for many areas, but because there wasn't as much moisture in the air it felt better for those who decided to venture outside.

"Even though the temperatures were still warm, the humidity was low," said Mike Shields, an NWS meteorologist in Slidell. "It just felt more comfortable."

Friday night, temperatures dropped into the mid- or low 70s. The normal high for July 4 is 90, and the normal low is 74.

The good weather continued Saturday, with a high of 92 and an expected low of 69 Saturday night.

But when the work week begins, experts say the humidity will creep back in, making those warmer temperatures feel more uncomfortable.

"As we get through the week, we'll get back to that normal summer weather with an increase in humidity and chance of showers and thunderstorms," Shields said.

Monday should still be dry like the weekend. The humid air will start to show back up Tuesday and into the rest of the week, bringing with it a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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