JULIA'S FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Thursday - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

JULIA'S FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Thursday

AM Commute: Clouds are around and there's definitely a warm and muggy feel to the air as temperatures quickly rise into the low 80s by the time we're in the office building. Showers are not likely though.

Afternoon: Many will be racing home today to start a long weekend! Keep cool though, as temperatures will be in the low 90s with a "feels like" temperature in the mid 90s. Not many showers and thunderstorms are expected today, but I can't rule out a stray few. Most of the day will feature a mix of sun and clouds.

Long Weekend: After a partly cloudy night with lows in the low 70s, Friday kicks off to a decent start. After another warm and muggy morning, heat builds in the afternoon. A disturbance will pass through during the afternoon, bringing occasional rain and thunder. This is a bit more likely for the areas north and east of the Jackson metro. A few strong/severe storms can't be ruled out.

Both Saturday and Sunday feature rain and storm chances in the 40-60% range. While outdoor plans don't need to be cancelled, we recommend having an indoor backup plan for your Fourth of July festivities. Rain and storms will mostly occur during the daytime hours, but there is a chance for storms during fireworks time. Best way to keep your eye on the radar is by using the First Alert Weather App on your smart phone or tablet.

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