More Summer Ahead.


Tuesday, August 23rd 2016, 8:10 pm
By: News On 6


Some lucky folks had at least a brief downpour today, but the showers were rather spotty and most of us are still looking for a good rain.  Notice the rainfall map as of late this afternoon, courtesy of the OK Mesonet. 

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Oh well, at least the clouds and what showers there were kept temperatures at least somewhat at bay. 

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Those warmer overnight temperatures were at least 10-15 degrees warmer than Monday morning and are directly related to the return of the higher dew point air mentioned in yesterday’s blog.  Notice the 70+ dew points that are common now across much of the state and those higher dew points will stay with us for the rest of the week and into the coming weekend.

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That means, hot & humid, late summer weather will be the general rule with the next couple of days looking to be the hottest of this forecast cycle.  For tonight, there is only a very slight chance of an isolated shower or storm affecting the far NW counties.  Otherwise, partly cloudy to at times mostly cloudy skies along with a brisk S wind should keep temperatures in the mid-upper 70s to start the day Wednesday.  Right now, it appears Wednesday and most of Thursday will be between systems so partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies together with a gusty southerly breeze should push our daytime highs into the mid 90s as you can see on our forecast page.  Rain chances will be minimal and again largely confined to the far NW counties for Wednesday and again on Thursday.

However, a weak frontal boundary will try to make a run at us Thursday night and Friday and that should at least bring more cloud cover along with a better chance of showers/storms.  The clouds and a more E/SE wind should also keep daytime temperatures in the upper 80s to near 90 for Friday, but this system will not bring the kind of relief we enjoyed last weekend.

In fact, this weekend going into next week will see temperatures close to the seasonal norms which means daytime highs near 90 and overnight lows in the lower 70s.  But, dew points in the 70s also means each day will be very muggy.  Also, cannot rule out a few isolated showers or storms on just about any given day, but nothing that looks to be particularly organized from our current vantage point.

Looking further ahead, the 8-14 day outlook now suggests temperatures averaging at or above normal and precipitation chances below normal.  That gets us into early September and suggests we are not through with summer just yet.  Even so, triple digit air temperatures are not foreseen during that time frame.

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So, stay tuned and check back for updates.

Dick Faurot