Record highs recorded in Pine Belt

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - During the past three days, the Bobby Chain airport in Hattiesburg has set record high temperatures, but rain may be in sight.

Since Saturday, the airport has recorded a high of 100 degrees, which is nine degrees above the normal value for this time of year.

Climate data shows Hattiesburg usually has a high of 91 and a low of 69, but temperatures have been much higher than normal in recent days.

Why have temperatures been so high?

A ridge of high pressure has been anchored over the southeastern United States for two weeks, and high pressure systems are usually linked with clear and dry weather.

Along with the extreme heat, the lower Mississippi River Valley has been in a minor drought.

The Hattiesburg and Laurel areas have gone without rain for almost three weeks. The lack of water in the ground aids in creating high temperatures because the ground will heat faster under dry conditions.

June is traditionally the second driest month of the year in our area.

Relief is in sight, as the weather pattern is becoming more likely to shift into a relatively wet pattern going into next week, with at least one front trying to produce rainfall for south Mississippi.