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. Thunderstorms are frequent, but tornadoes and hurricanes also invade from the south. The heat index is at its peak and induces much perspiration like that while taking a steam bath. The rivers and lakes are ideal grounds for fishing, particularly largemouth bass, which is abundant in the streams. Umbrellas and jackets are generally unnecessary for those who do not mind the wetness from a few showers. If on the coast, visit the beaches in the morning and evening. The interior areas are much warmer than the coast and the hilly regions. Keep hydrated when exploring any of the wildlife management areas during a summer day. Avoid a visit to Mississippi in August as far as possible.