A Warm Start to Fall 9/20

Iowa Farm Country Sunset

Good afternoon…after a beautiful weekend, warmer temperatures will be returning to the state. Temperatures today ranged from the lower 70’s across northeast Iowa to the upper 70’s across western Iowa. With the abundant amount of sunshine we had today, it made for a beautiful Sunday!

3-day Forecast:

Monday: A southerly wind will continue to warm our temperatures up as we head into Monday. Highs across the state will range from the mid 70’s to near 80°F. The wind will be light at 5-10mph.

Tuesday: The heat will continue to be on the rise as we head into Tuesday. Highs will warm up into the upper 70’s to lower 80’s. Wind will be out of the southeast at 5-10mph.

Wednesday: Fall officially begins Wednesday, however, it will feel more like summer. Highs will be in the mid to lower 80’s across the state. The good news is Wednesday will be the peak of the heat, as average temperatures will begin to return by Thursday.

Jumping back to Friday, a lot of rain fell across the southern half of the state. This is where rainfall totals of 1″ to 3″ quickly added up in just a short time span. The city of Des Moines even broke a daily rainfall record (2.55″) set back in 1919 which was previously 2.31″.  However, after a dry weekend, a lot of this water has been absorbed by the ground.

Seven Day Forecast Rainfall Totals

The good news is we are not expecting a whole lot of rain this week. The only rain chances will be from Wednesday night through Friday, and this will be fairly light. The greatest rainfall accumulations are currently forecasted to fall across northeast Iowa. Seven day total rainfall forecast places a half an inch to an inch and a half of rain over northwest Iowa. Even better news, is it appears that Friday night football games will remain dry as the rain will have moved out of the state by Friday evening.

So if you enjoy the heat, get out this week and enjoy it as you just never know how much longer these 80° days will be around.

(Featured image by Todd Taylor in rural Bouton Iowa take on 10-10-2014)

Zach Sharpe

My name is Zach Sharpe. I am the president and forecaster for the Iowa Storm Chasing Network. You can find me on Twitter @Stormchaserzach and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/stormchaserzach/

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