JOPLIN, Mo. - With the upper level ridge fully in control for Thursday, the heat and humidity will definitely stick around. We may have highs back in the middle to upper 90s with high humidity making it feel like 105° or higher, but we won't have any rain or t-storm chances to ruin outdoor plans.
The better concentration of t-storms will remain to our north with a front trying to work across the Northern Plains and the Upper Midwest. Combine that with another upper level disturbance and heat, humidity and instability at the surface, that could result in some strong to marginally severe t-storms. The best locations for the strongest t-storms will be in parts of North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Any storms that get strong or marginally severe will be capable of large hail and high wind gusts during Thursday afternoon and evening.