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Mild and Low Humidity for a Few Days.

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A little late in getting this posted, but wanted to point out a few things. First of all, the top map on the right, courtesy of the OK Mesonet, shows that some locally heavy rains fell last night and through the morning hours for the more southern counties. This was along a weak frontal boundary which has continued to push further southward during the day and taking the threat of rain on south with it. Much drier air has moved in behind this boundary on the heels of today's northerly winds and that is clearly shown by the dew point temperature map from earlier in the day which is the second one on the right, also courtesy of the OK Mesonet. By way of contrast, just a few days ago the dew point temperature was in the mid 70s which is basically tropical air and makes for a very uncomfortable combination of heat and humidity.

Notice the third map on the right which shows the high/low temperatures for today. Not bad for a day in July. The next couple of days will be even more pleasant as the drier air will allow temperatures to drop into the 50s to low 60s tonight and about the same for Thursday night. Daytime highs for the most part will be only in the 80s for Thursday and Friday with maybe a few locations close to 90 by Friday afternoon. More importantly, the relative humidity will be dropping to 40% or less during the heat of the day which is mighty nice by July standards.

NE winds on Thursday will become more SE on Friday followed by a return to southerly winds for the weekend and going into next week. That means these milder, less humid conditions will not be around much longer so enjoy. Daytime highs should be back into the lower 90s over the course of the weekend with overnight lows rising back into the 70s by early next week. Higher humidity levels will also create more uncomfortable conditions and perhaps even result in a few spotty showers/storms, mainly during the heat of the day. Any that occur will be few and far between though and most of us should stay dry well into next week.

So, stay tuned and check back for updates.

Dick Faurot

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