Have you been outside today? Needless to say it is a scorcher out there today. With temperatures expected to reach the 90’s in many places and dew points well into the 70’s, the National Weather Service has posted a number of heat warnings, watches and advisories across the Midwest. Heat indexes in parts of the state could approach 115 degrees. All in all not a good day to be outside if you don’t have to. If you do, please be sure to drink plenty of fluids and stay cool!
For more on the watches, warnings and advisories in effect in the area, click on the picture to the left, or go to this link.
Turning to the after effects of all this heat, several threats of severe weather. The Storm Prediction Center has much of the state under a slight risk for severe weather. Overall little in the way of showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon. But the possibility of a storm or two can’t be ruled out, especially in northern and western parts of the state. The better chance for thunderstorm development lies to our west in Nebraska. This is where severe weather is expected to ramp up later this afternoon.
After sunset, these storms could reach parts of western Iowa before making their way across the state. The primary threat from these storms is strong straight line winds. This is something people in Iowa need to stay up to date on since once again, these storms are expected to hit during the overnight hours. The threat for heavy rain is uncertain, but the good news is many parts of Iowa have enjoyed some dry days. That should limit the threat for flooding unless extremely heavy rains fall or numerous storms train over the same area this week.
This persistent pattern bears watching for most of the week. Showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast most days with a threat of severe weather stretching into Monday as well. We’ll focus on tonight’s threat first but will bring you more on tomorrow’s threat later this afternoon.