Get Your Air Conditioners Ready

heat After the coldest July on record in Iowa, mother nature will remind us that summer is still here.  More on that in a moment…

First, very unsettled weather across the middle of the country continues today, but it will remain to our west.  Storms return to the forecast late Thursday with a risk of severe weather in the western half of Iowa.

thurs The Storm Prediction Center has outlined this threat in its day 2 convective outlook.  Primary threats of wind and hail look good as whatever complex develops in the Dakotas races into Iowa late Thursday into Friday morning.

friday  Friday remains a wild card at this point.  Despite ongoing storms in the morning, the atmosphere will be extremely primed for storm development in the afternoon.  An unusual setup of a warm front will cross over the state, bringing the potential of another round of severe storms Friday afternoon and evening.

Beyond all this, the weekend looks quiet, and HOT.  A large area of warm and humid air will invade the Midwest this weekend.  90’s are likely, 100’s are also very possible in parts of Iowa.  By far the hottest weather of this year and perhaps longer. 

High dew points will make the heat extremely uncomfortable, I expect heat advisories, watches and/or warnings issued for portions of the state beginning on Saturday.  So if you have plans this weekend, stay cool and stay safe!

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