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Temperatures on the Rise.

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That isolated storm which formed right over Tulsa late yesterday provided some pretty good fireworks from Mother Nature, but it was confined to a very small area. Even so, there were numerous reports of significant hail; many of those photos are posted on the "share" section of this web site under the "community gallery" heading. An isolated storm or two may also develop later this afternoon which would also have the potential to become locally quite strong before dissipating with the setting sun. But, the key word is isolated as they will be few and far between.

Even fewer showers/storms are then expected as we go through the weekend and into the coming week. In fact, the chances are too small to put on the forecast graphics at this time. By later in the week, say along about the Wed/Thu time frame, we may see a little better chance, but even then any showers would be widely scattered at best.

The system aloft that has helped to produce what few showers/storms we have had but more importantly has brought a nice break in the heat will be drifting back to the east. That means warmer air aloft will be spreading over us keeping a pretty good lid on our rain chances. That also means we will be heating up at the surface and along with a return to brisk southerly winds, we will also become more humid. In other words, a return to hot, humid weather is in our immediate future without much in the way of any cooling showers/storms.

The very mild, even cool mornings we have enjoyed so far this month with morning lows in the 50s and low 60s will be replaced by a low in the upper 60s for Saturday morning, lower 70s for Sunday morning, and mid 70s at best for next week. During the day, afternoon highs will be in the low-mid 90s but higher dew point temperatures will be pushing the heat index back to near triple digit territory. Brisk southerly winds will be on the order of 10-20 mph during the day, decreasing somewhat during the overnight hours, and bringing that higher dew point air back into the state. This all adds up to a return to hot, humid weather going into next week along with little or no mention of rain. At least we do not see any triple digit temperatures during this forecast cycle.

As mentioned, we may see a bit of a break coming our way later next week with a weak boundary approaching, but that is by no means certain. So, stay tuned and check back for updates.

Dick Faurot

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