Dangerous Heat Wave Expected To Bake Southeastern US Memorial Day Weekend

Thanks for checking in for your First Alert Forecast where the narrative remains: a massive high pressure ridge will bring sizzling temperatures while suppressing needed rain chances through Memorial Day Weekend.

In the Mid-South, WREG weather expert Tim Simpson says Memorial Day weekend is going to feel more like July than May, with temperatures running about 10 degrees above normal levels. Rain still looks spotty those days, so it likely won't be a rain event for everyone. Temperatures will again climb into the low 90s with a heat index in the low 100s.

Thu: High: 78 Low: 55 Sunny. Low to Moderate risk of organized thunderstorms becoming severe through the afternoon and evening with the potential for large hail, strong damaging wind, and possible tornado.

Saturday and Sunday will be nice, with highs in the mid- to upper 70s. We'll see a mix of sun and clouds with highs near 78. While a better part of the day stays dry with mostly sunny skies, we will track the threat for showers and thunderstorms to increase later this evening and into tonight.

The drier weather, however, will be short-lived as widespread severe weather is expected to return to the Kansas City region Tuesday.

National Weather Service Hanford meteorologist Jeff Barlow forecasts a high of 60 degrees for Sunday, a 20-degree difference from Saturday's expected high of 80 degrees. Memorial Day is a tad cooler, with still perhaps a stray shower or two.

Some sunshine today leads to another chance for scattered storms by mid-afternoon.

  • Carolyn Briggs