Latest updated blog – Staying hot and humid – Nick

A little relief by the holiday weekend

Good Tuesday evening, everyone. We started our day out on a warm note across the area. Fortunately, some of us saw scattered rain and t-storms during the morning hours and into the early afternoon. With some of those t-storms producing pockets of heavy rain, areas around Pittsburg, Joplin and Grand Lake saw rain amounts push over an inch.


One nice aspect to the rain and t-storms that worked over Joplin this morning was that it kept temperatures in the upper 70s. Once we cleared the rain chances out and saw the sunshine return, we quickly saw temperatures back near 90 for afternoon highs today.


We’ll stay quiet for tonight and a good portion of your Wednesday. However, the heat and humidity will definitely be back in action. That will take us from morning lows in the upper 70s right into the middle 90s for the afternoon ahead of us.


Our hot and humid setup for Wednesday will come again courtesy of the upper-level ridge in control across the central part of the country. One thing we will note is the upper-level low to the northwest will help fire off strong to severe t-storms in Nebraska this evening.


While we keep an eye on those t-storms to the north, we’ll stay warm and mostly quiet through the night and into the early morning. Overnight lows will only drop back into the upper 70s.


The t-storms developing in Nebraska want to develop into a complex and dive to the southeast. For our far northern and eastern counties, there’s a chance that we could be clipped by some of those t-storms in the morning. It shouldn’t be severe if they do work in or close by, but it’ll still be something we’ll keep an eye on through the morning.


With another hot and humid day on tap with partly sunny skies, we’ll see if any outflow boundaries from the AM storms can fire up a few t-storms in our area for Wednesday afternoon. Otherwise, we’ll be hot once again with highs pushing into the middle to upper 90s.


Not only will the thermometer say it’ll be hot for the afternoon, dew points near 70 degrees will make it feel quite a bit hotter. Heat indices will easily be in the triple digits for the afternoon making it feel like 105 to 110 degrees.


As we stay warm for Wednesday evening and heading into early Thursday morning, we’ll keep an eye out for scattered t-storms across parts of the area under partly cloudy skies.


Even with the scattered t-storms chances to take us into Thursday morning, we’ll still have a warm and muggy morning lined up with lows dropping back into the middle 70s.


With another weak disturbance clipping us for Thursday, the heat and humidity under partly sunny skies will allow for some scattered t-storms to pop up during the afternoon. Despite that, we’ll stay hot with highs in the middle 90s.


Combine those highs with the expected humidity for Thursday, it’ll feel like the triple digits once again for the afternoon with heat indices as high as 105.


For the holiday weekend ahead of us, we’re still expecting the ridge to retrograde and slide back to the west. With a few weak waves wanting to ride around the ridge and head our way, we’ll still hold on to some rain chances for the holiday weekend. Plus, we’ll see a bit of the heat start to back off for the holiday coming up. For Friday, we’re just looking at typical random pop-up t-storms during another hot and humid day with highs back in the lower 90s.


For the 4th on Saturday, another wave will ride around the ridge and give us some isolated t-storms for the afternoon and early evening. Even with that wave, we’ll still keep things on the hot side with highs right around 90.


The main center of the ridge will stay to our west as we head toward Sunday and early next week. That will keep some isolated t-storms in the forecast under partly sunny skies with highs in the lower 90s. If you’re curious as to how the rest of July is shaping up, Doug has you covered with his long range forecast down below.

Have a good night and a great Wednesday!


Long range forecast through July:

Next Wednesday-Saturday:  Staying a bit hot for the rest of the week.  We’ll watch for returning afternoon pop-up t-storms Wednesday through Saturday.

July 12th-18th:  Warm the first half of the week with hot temps settling in the second half of the week.  Pop up storms Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.  Thunderstorm chances again by the weekend.  Tropics we need to watch possible development near Florida.

July 19th-25th:  Mainly a hot week with pop up isolated storms each and every day.  We will watch the tropics near Cuba.

July 26th- August 1st:  Again mainly a hot week with highs well into the 90s.  Mainly a dry week as well with thunderstorm chances by the weekend.  Tropics need to be watch this week in the Gulf.