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Dick Faurot's Weather Blog: Warming Up For The Weekend

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Here we are, two weeks into the month of August and the E side of the state has had basically no rain.

Notice the rainfall for today, which was confined to the central counties, and then the rainfall over the last two weeks - which does show the more northern counties and a few locations in the far eastern counties have received at least some rainfall. But, by and large, August, so far, has been quite a contrast to the very wet conditions of the spring and first two months of the summer.

At least we have received a break from the heat and humidity, as you can see on the max/min temperature map for today, also courtesy of the OK Mesonet. No triple digits anywhere which, at this time of year, is always a good thing. Also, the 60s for the morning hours continue to reflect the drier air that remains in place after the front that arrived this past Monday.

That drier air will gradually be replaced by higher dew points as we go through the weekend and into next week, but not to the extent of the miserable conditions we had last week. At any rate, look for morning lows to be in the 60s again tonight, closer to 70 if not the low 70s for some locations to start the day Sunday, and generally in the lower 70s for much of next week.

Also, our daytime highs will be creeping back into the low-mid 90s next few days, but heat index values should top out around 100 or so. Again, a little more uncomfortable than the last few days, but not the oppressive 110+ readings we had at this time last week.

As mentioned, we have not received much in the way of rain so far this month and our prospects for the coming week are not all that great, as you can see on our forecast page. Having said that, there will be at least a chance of showers/storms for the middle part of the week, but the 7-day QPF suggests amounts will be generally on the light side. What now appears to be a rather weak front should be in the vicinity by then to produce at least a chance of some widely scattered showers/storms.

Looking further down the road at the 6-10-day outlook does suggest temperatures will remain near normal along with the possibility of an enhanced chance of showers/storms. But, that is certainly subject to change.

In the meantime, stay tuned and check back for updates.

Dick Faurot

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