Hot, Humid, Windy Saturday Ahead

Saturday, September 16th 2017, 8:51 am
By: Stephen Nehrenz

It is still “officially” summer according to the calendar, and it will be feeling like it! The summer heat continues to take hold for our Saturday, but storm chances are also increasing for parts of Green Country this weekend.

We’re in for hot, humid, and windy conditions today as gusty south winds crank back up. Look for afternoon highs back in the low 90s with enough humidity to push those heat index values into the mid to upper 90s! South winds will gust to 25 to 30 miles per hour at times today under partly to mostly sunny skies.

The daylight hours of our Saturday look primarily dry, but storm chances do start to increase tonight and heading into Sunday. Storms are expected to fire across northwest Oklahoma and southern Kansas by early evening along a weak front, with a few severe storms possible in those areas. Some of this activity may impact northeast Oklahoma, particularly north of Tulsa, by late tonight.

Additional areas of scattered storms will remain possible into Sunday morning, and again the best chances for storms will be generally from Tulsa to the north. Depending on how long any morning storms linger across our area, we could see yet another round of storms redevelop by the late afternoon or evening hours of Sunday as well, with a few strong storms possible.

Some heavy downpours could lead to a half inch to an inch of rain in a few very localized areas under the heaviest storms. However, storm coverage will be fairly scattered overall, meaning quite a few of us could miss out on the rain altogether.

Don’t expect this surge of late summer heat to go anywhere as we head into next week! A steady south breeze will keep our mornings humid and mild with lows likely holding in the 70s, and we’ll likely continue to see highs push back into the 90s all throughout the week as well. A somewhat unsettled weather pattern will also keep slight chances for hit-or-miss storms in the forecast through next week.

Have a great Saturday, Green Country!