JOPLIN, Mo. - Good Tuesday evening, everyone. We had an overall quiet day across the area as the leftovers of Barry continue to move off to the east and northeast. With our quiet skies, we had temperatures go from the upper 60s this morning into the middle to upper 80s this afternoon. The humidity is also starting to return and that returning moisture made it feel like we were back in the middle 90s during the afternoon. For the most part, we'll keep the radar below quiet throughout the night ahead of us...
The main weather story for the rest of the week will be the returning upper level ridge at the jet stream. The brunt of the ridge will set up shop over the Central Plains and close to us as we work into the next few days. The look below is what the jet stream should look like by 1 AM Saturday morning. With the ridge pushing the jet stream and the bigger storm systems up to the north, this is the classic summer setup to get the heat and humidity back in here...
With that setup returning with the end result being high heat and humidity, that has prompted excessive heat warnings and heat advisories to take us from Wednesday all the way through Saturday evening...
This setup will also keep our skies pretty quiet for tomorrow. We'll have mostly sunny skies from start to finish along with a good south breeze to bring in some more heat and humidity. The end result for your Wednesday will be lows starting in the lower to middle 70s and afternoon highs climbing back to 95° across the area...
Along with the heat, the moisture will be primed to roll back in. During the peak heating of the day, we'll have heat indices (what it feels like against your skin) ranging between 105° and 110° across the area. That's why the heat advisories and excessive heat warnings have been issued for a good portion of the Central Plains and going into the Midwest...
Remember, the heat and humidity will stick with us from tomorrow into Saturday evening. By next Sunday and Monday, we'll continue to watch for a cold front to roll in from the north. Not only will that give us a shot for scattered t-storms, that should be able to knock temperatures back into the 80s by early next week...
Until we get that front to work in, plan on hot & humid days right into the weekend. Be sure you're careful outisde whether it's for work or play. Stay well hydrated, check on those that need air conditioning and limit your time outside if necessary.
Have a good night and a great Wednesday.
Long range forecast through Middle August:
LONG RANGE FORECAST BASED OFF THE HEADY PATTERN. THIS COVERS NEBRASKA, IOWA, KANSAS, MISSOURI, OKLAHOMA AND ARKANSAS.
Next Week: Chances for showers and thunderstorms on Sunday and Monday with a front dropping in. Then mainly warm most of the week with slight chances for thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday.
July 28th-August 3rd: Heating up for the beginning of the week with scattered thunderstorms on Sunday and Monday. A little cooler Tuesday and Wednesday, but heating up again late in the week. We will also have a few scattered storms on Thursday and Friday.
August 4th-10th: Warm first half of the week with a hot second half of the week. Slight chances for thunderstorms on Sunday and Monday, then again on Wednesday.
August 11th-17th: A warm first half of the week with a hot second half. Chances for pop-up storms each and every day.
August 18th-24th: Mainly a warm week with thunderstorms scattered on Sunday and Monday. Then a slight chance on Wednesday.
August 25th-31st: A hot and mainly a dry week. A few pop up storms on Wednesday and Thursday.
September 1st-7th: Another hot week with scattered storms on Sunday, Friday and Saturday.
September 8th-14th: Mainly a warm week with scattered storms on Sunday and Monday.
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