Wave goodbye to Hermine and dry Coast weather this weekend

Hurricane Hermine kept things unusually pleasant for August in South Mississippi, drawing all of the moisture eastward.

But that will end Labor Day weekend.

High heat and humidity and afternoon thunderstorms are expected to start creeping back Saturday, the National Weather Service predicts.

But there aren’t any strong storm fronts or heavy rainfall forecast — just scattered to isolated daytime showers.

The greatest chance of rain is expected Sunday.

For the coastal counties, chances of precipitation during the day start at 30 percent Saturday, rise to 50 percent Sunday and fall to 40 percent on Labor Day.

It’s the time of year when we’ll see fewer and fewer of those afternoon storms as drier weather approaches, weather service meteorologist Tim Destri said.

He cautioned that even though no strong storms are forecast this weekend, those planning outdoor activities should still be wary of lightning during any pop-up storms.

And the return of humidity will make the heat feel worse even though actual temperatures will rise only into the low 90s.

For those planning to be out on the water, winds should be 5 to 10 mph at most this weekend.

Lauren Walck: 228-896-2393, @laurenwalck