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Dog Days of Summer Are Here

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After what we can call a honeymoon period in the summer, the dog days of summer are back. While the temperatures won't rival the last two years, the added humidity will make for oppressive conditions through Wednesday. The good news (because we always need it on a Monday) is that the heat will break by later this week as another cold front tries to push through most of the region.

The last of the showers are exiting Oklahoma and the spring-like weather is coming to an end for now. Outside of a possible area of rain near the OK/KS border late tonight (rain chances shown in the first attached map), ridging in the upper-levels of the atmosphere will shunt the stream of moisture to the north - a very common occurrence this time of year. While we greened back up and enjoy being drought-free, the moisture is a double-edged sword acting to make our days extra muggy. As the temperatures soar into the upper 90s to near 100°, our moisture won't go away. Therefore it will feel like 105°-110° each afternoon. It's a dangerous heat and we can't let our guard down even if we've lucked out for most of the summer.

While the heat builds back today, it will be peaking Tuesday afternoon with actual air temperatures around the century mark. Those stifling conditions will continue for one more day until a cold front shifts southward into Oklahoma. It will be another focus for storms and bring us back to a similar pattern we had over the past weekend. That means the potential for more rain and cooler temperatures is back! Even beyond then, the Climate Prediction Center is calling for a higher likelihood of below-normal temperatures. It's not the light at the end of the tunnel for summer heat, but it's a nice reprieve after a stretch of very uncomfortable conditions.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter: @GroganontheGO and like my page on Facebook! Stay cool, my friends!

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