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Central Mississippi enters June with summer heat

RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The heat index measures what it feels like and in Jackson, by mid afternoon Wednesday, it had jumped up to 100 degrees.

If you think higher temperatures are coming earlier than usual, you are right.

It is not unprecedented in Central Mississippi and there is more to come.

Whether you were landscaping, like people along Hugh Ward Parkway in Rankin County, or framing a house in the same general neighborhood it was downright hot and it's only the first of June.

We went to Stephen Wilkinson, a meteorologist with the Jackson office of the National Weather Service to ask him about whether it is unusual to be this hot this early in June.

"You have not hit a hundred in the first week in June since 1953," Wilkinson said. "So that's almost 60 years ago so, only people who have been around a while are going to remember hitting a hundred the first week of June. And that kind of puts it in perspective, it hasn't happened in quite some time.

House framers like 39 year old Damon Stevens of Brandon says you just have to get used to it in this climate and you have to work long days in it to stay competitive.

"You just have to stay hydrated," Stevens said. "It's really no different than working any other time. We just get used to it. I would a lot rather work in the heat than I had the cold weather."

Getting this hot this early is unusual in Mississippi but it is not unprecedented.

More heat is forecast before we can expect any relief.

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