Climate and monthly weather forecast
Mississippi, USA

Flag of Mississippi, USA
Flag of Mississippi, USA

The climate of Mississippi

Mississippi has a mainly humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) with shades of an oceanic type (Köppen Cfb) in its extreme northeast. Summers are warm and humid, while the short winters are mild to cold. Mississippi lies in the southeastern corner of the United States. Alabama in the east, the Gulf of Mexico in the south, Louisiana in the southwest, Arkansas in the northwest, and Tennessee in the north, share borders with the state. The proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, subtropical latitudes, and the landmass to the north mainly influence the climate.

Mississippi, The Magnolia State, has an average elevation of 90 meters above sea level, with the highest point at 246 meters on Woodall Mountain. The topography chiefly consists of lowland plains and low hills as the state lies within the Gulf coastal plain. There are ten physiographic divisions in the state, with associated vegetation and hydrology. The Mississippi Delta lies in the northwest in the alluvial plain. The Mississippi Sound forms the southern boundary of the state, while the Mississippi River defines the western boundary. Barrier islands run parallel to the shore for a few miles. The Bermuda High dictates an entire season occasionally.

Summers are hot and humid in Mississippi. May to September is generally uncomfortable with the high amount of humidity, hot days and nights, and dew point above 70°F (21.1°C). Polar and subtropical jet streams subject the state to frontal passages of cold continental and warm tropical air in the cold season. Cold spells rarely last over four days, and the ground occasionally freezes only in the north. Arctic cold brings bitter cold in the form of The Siberian Express occasionally. January average low temperatures at the peak of the winter drop to 27°F (-2.8°C) in the north. Temperatures below freezing register for less than ten days along the coast. Spring is cool to warm, while autumn is the driest season of the year, with the most pleasant temperatures.

The average annual rainfall of 56" (1422mm) makes Mississippi makes one of the wettest states in the union. Maximum precipitation in the north and west occurs in the winter, while the maximum summer rainfall is along the coast. The driest period of the year yields 8" (203mm) to 13" (330mm) of rain from September to November in the fall season that is favorable for the harvesting of crops. Snowfall is in measurable amounts as is sleet during the winter, with the northern region receiving the highest amount. The average annual sunshine lasts for 2756 hours in Mississippi, with the growing season lasting for more than 200 days in much of the state.

Holly Springs recorded the highest temperature of 115°F (46.1°C) in Mississippi, in 1930, while Corinth in the northeast recorded the lowest temperature of -19°F (-28.3°C) in 1966.

The best time to visit Mississippi

The best time to visit Mississippi is during the autumn from mid-September to November. The weather is mild and sunny, with pleasant breezes in the evening, and mostly clear skies. Fall is the driest period of the year, and the enrichment of colors adds to the beauty of the landscape. The conditions are calm with the end of the storm season with beautiful mornings and pleasant evenings. The coast is a popular destination, but the weather is ideal for hiking the mountain trails as well. The northern hills areas tend to be the coolest parts of the state.

The worst time to visit Mississippi

The worst time to visit Mississippi is from June to August during the summer. The high humidity exacerbates the heat, and the conditions become oppressive to people from the cold regions. Summer also receives heavy rainfall and frequent thunderstorms. The southern region often sees temperatures above 100°F (37.8°C) at the peak of the hot season. Tropical cyclones often cause havoc along the coast while intruding from the Gulf of Mexico. Storms are frequent and last well until the end of summer. Afternoon thunderstorms produce up to 25% of the annual precipitation in the state.

Weather hazards

Mississippi is vulnerable to thunderstorms, floods, droughts, tornadoes, and tropical cyclones. Afternoon thunderstorms are frequent in the spring and summer and bring heavy rainfall. Tropical cyclones bring heavy rain during mid to late summer. High tides and high winds result in extensive damage during the storms along with rain, especially in the coastal areas. The extended rainy spells cause local overflows in rivers and streams. Floods have the highest frequency in March and April during the season from November and June. Drought conditions can last for weeks or months due to an active Bermuda High in the summer.
Hurricane Katrina made landfall with winds above 140mph (225.3km/h) on August 29, 2005. Tornadoes occur in all seasons, while thunderstorms register for 60 to 80 days during the year. Ice storms occur sporadically in the northern half.

Weather in January

January is the coldest month of the year in Mississippi, with freezing nights in the north. The temperatures are significantly warmer along the coast compared to the northern hilly areas. The average high temperatures are between 49°F (9.4°C) to 62°F (16.7°C), while the average low temperatures are between 27°F (-2.8°C) to 43°F (6.1°C). Weather in January »

Weather in February

February is partly cloudy in Mississippi, with 4" (102mm) to 6" (152mm) of rainfall amid 6 hours of sunshine. The conditions are mild in much of the state, with the average temperatures in the 30°F (-1.1°C) to 65°F (18.3°C) range. Weather in February »

Weather in March

March brings a transition from cold to warm weather with the arrival of the spring season in Mississippi. Ten to twelve rainy days bring 4" (102mm) to 7" (178mm) of rain in the majority of the state. Snowfall is rare even in spring, and the melting of existing snow in the mountains is a reason for local flooding along with the heavy rainfall. Weather in March »

Weather in April

April is beautiful in the heart of the spring season in Mississippi, with plenty of sunshine and significant rainfall. The precipitation lasts for 8 to 10 days in the month and is usually in the 4" (102mm) to 5" (127mm) range. The average temperatures are in the mild 45°F (7.2°C) to warm 77°F (25°C) zone, as the coast sees many visitors. The mild waters are suitable for swimming, and the beaches see competition for a place under the moderate sun. Weather in April »

Weather in May

May is sunny in the spring season in Mississippi, with at least 8 hours of sunshine every day. However, the highest frequency of afternoon storms occurs during the peak of spring that also brings heavy showers. The average daily highs are in the warm 80°F (26.7°C) to 85°F (29.4°C) range, while the nights are comfortable in the 59°F (15°C) to 68°F (20°C) zone. Many wildlife management areas open for hunting turkeys and other permitted birds and animals. Weather in May »

Weather in June

June is the beginning of the hot and humid summer in Mississippi with long and sunny days. Day temperatures soar between the hot zone of 87°F (30.6°C) and 90°F (32.2°C), while nights are warm between 63°F (17.2°C) to 72°F (22.2°C). Weather in June »

Weather in July

July is peak summer in Mississippi, with the average high temperatures between 89°F (31.7°C) to 92°F (33.3°C). The heat becomes unbearable, mostly because of the oppressive rise in humidity. Nights are relenting than the days but are still warm in the 63°F (17.2°C) to 74°F (23.3°C) zone. Weather in July »

Weather in August

August is hot and humid in the summer of Mississippi, with ample rainfall of 6" (152mm) to 8" (203mm) along the coast. The average temperatures are in the hot 89°F (31.7°C) to 92°F (33.3°C) range, while nights are in the 65°F (18.3°C) to 75°F (23.9°C) range. Weather in August »

Weather in September

September is the beginning of the beautiful autumn season of Mississippi, with the day temperatures still in the hot range of 84°F (28.9°C) to 88°F (31.1°C). Nights tend to be more comfortable in the zone of 63°F (17.2°C) to 71°F (21.7°C). Weather in September »

Weather in October

October is the period of peak foliage in Mississippi, with comfortable temperatures and pleasant conditions. The driest month of the year is also the calmest with the decline in storm activity. The landscape attains brilliant hues of orange, red, yellow, and purple. Weather in October »

Weather in November

November days are lovely in Mississippi, with average temperatures in the 63°F (17.2°C) to 72°F (22.2°C) range. However, the nights become colder by the second half of the month and trend in the 37°F (2.8°C) to 52°F (11.1°C) zone. Weather in November »

Weather in December

December is mild to cold at the start of the winter season in Mississippi, with average temperatures in the 29°F (-1.7°C) to 64°F (17.8°C) range. The conditions are comfortable during the day, with 6 hours of adequate sunlight and temperatures in the 53°F (11.7°C) to 64°F (17.8°C) zone. Weather in December »


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