When will the wet weather end? Soon!

It’s been a wet and stormy holiday week around the metro, with plenty of showers and storms that have rolled through Memphis, interrupting some fireworks shows while sparing others. Grass is lush (and tall if mowing has been difficult due to the daily rainfall) and the ground is soggy in some places. But could we see a break in the unsettled pattern coming in the near future? Mother Nature may have some relief for the Mid-South on her mind.

Areas along and north of I-40 in TN and much of AR have received as much as 200-400% of normal rainfall in the past 2 weeks. Surprisingly, Memphis International Airport is still over 4″ below normal rainfall for the year. (Image credit: NOAA/NWS)

But First, More Storms!

Before the rain can stop, a few more scattered storms are rolling through the Memphis area today. With the potential for showers and thunderstorms out ahead of a cold front digging south, expect to dodge some raindrops this evening when heading out. Once the sun sets, however, expect skies to dry out with mostly cloudy conditions remaining in place overnight with lows in the mid-70s.

Friday into early Saturday is the period for this cold front to push through the Mid-South, with a change in the pattern in sight. Your final day of the work week starts out dry and hot, with highs in the low 90s. Then expect increasing clouds into the evening hours before some rain showers roll in for Friday overnight and into Saturday morning. Lows on Friday will be in the mid-70s.

Here comes the cold front! By Saturday morning, we expect a change in the weather pattern across the Mid-South.

Ah, Relief…

The wet conditions will finally subside on Saturday morning as the showers clear the metro. Left in its wake will be partly cloudy skies and highs near 90 once again. The wind shift from west to north should help usher in slightly less humid conditions, but still plenty of heat to go around. The heat will continue into the next week, with Sunday getting up to near 90 once again.

While the overly wet pattern for this time of year will mostly dry out by the end of this week, this will not totally eliminate the chances of rain and storms. With the summertime heat, pop up showers and storms will continue to be possible Sunday and into the next work week as well, especially across northern Mississippi, but they will be much less widespread than the past several days. In any case, expect improvement for the coming weekend from Saturday afternoon on through Sunday.

As the wet weather rolls through to end the week, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates to our MWN forecast. You can also always check our human-powered forecast on our mobile apps. But it doesn’t end there, as you can take MWN with you on the go and check that human-powered forecast on our mobile apps!

Hang in there folks, a change in the weather is coming!

Alex Herbst
MWN Meteorologist/Intern

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