Soggy Start To Sunday, But More Heat Looming

Sunday, July 1st 2018, 9:40 am
By: Stephen Nehrenz

We’re kicking off July in the most pleasant fashion, with rain and storms across Green Country!

Areas of widely scattered showers and storms will continue across northeast Oklahoma for our Sunday morning, gradually shifting towards far eastern and southeastern Oklahoma by midday into early afternoon.  These should mainly be pleasant rain-makers, though of course lightning and some gusty winds also remain possible.

Most lingering shower activity will shift into far southeast Oklahoma early this afternoon, and we will still turn somewhat toasty for the latter half of our Sunday as sunshine tries to break back out.  With enough sun, we should still see highs climb back to near 90 degrees by late afternoon with heat index values well into the 90s. However, if clouds hang tougher than expected, we could end up a bit cooler than that!

One more round of storms is possible by late evening into tonight near the I-44 corridor as a weak front lingers across the area.  Storm coverage this evening would be fairly spotty, but any storms that did develop could become strong with locally gusty winds and small hail, so keep an eye to the sky if you’re planning to see Rockets Over Rhema or any other fireworks displays!

Unfortunately, the slight break from the heat won’t last as summertime temps crank back up this week.  Outside of a few isolated storms Monday, it’ll be a steamy one with highs back in the mid 90s and heat index values over 100.  Tuesday looks to be even hotter with highs in the upper 90s and heat index values well over 100.  Yikes!

The hot weather looks to continue right into 4th of July, though we should shave a few degrees off our temperatures for the holiday with highs back in the mid 90s and light winds.  As it stands right now, we don’t see many weather issues for 4th of July events across Green Country!

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