Two months after the official arrival of summer, the Lafayette County area is finally getting hit with the kind of hot weather that typically arrives in early July. Residents are urged to take precautions to protect themselves from what could be dangerously high temperatures. (August 21, 2014, Page 1)
Temperatures are expected to hit 103 this weekend and could feel more like 105 to 114 with the heat index as humidity levels begin to climb today. Fire officials are asking everyone to be safe and use precautions setting off fireworks in the county or burning until when and if a burn ban is placed into effect for Lafayette County. (June 28, 2012, Page 1, 2)
Temperatures are expected to hit close to 100 again over the weekend. The heat is being blamed for two deaths in Memphis. Warnings from the National Weather Service remain in affect today and Saturday. Forecasters say north Mississippi should see a slight break in temperatures mid-week next week. (August 5, 2011, Page 1A)
Local columnist Jimmy Reed recently attended the wedding of his goddaughter, a wonderful event except for the 95 degree weather. He writes about the celebration and how the heat was a good omen for the new couple. (June 7, 2011, Page 4)
It’s not your imagination — it’s hot.
In fact, it’s really hot.
According to the National Weather Service, this summer has been the hottest summer since 1953. The hottest summer was 1952, followed by 1943, 1934 and 1953. (July 30, 2010, Page 5A)