Forecast For Father's Day: Heat And Some Storms

Sunday, June 19th 2011, 1:48 pm
By: News On 6

Happy Father's Day for all you Dad's out there.

In keeping with just about every day this entire month, temperatures will be well above normal again today. Look for afternoon temperatures to reach the mid-upper 90s and heat index values to be at or above 100 at times. There will be a strong breeze though to provide some good ventilation with southerly winds on the order of 20-30 mph with some higher gusts.

There will also be a few showers and storms possible, particularly late in the day with the chances around the 20% range. Any storms which can form will also have the potential to become severe with winds/hail the primary threats. These should die off after sunset leaving us with partly cloudy overnight skies and temperatures only falling into the mid-upper 70s outlying areas and near 80 in the immediate urban environment of Tulsa. We will also keep a brisk southerly wind of 15-20 through the overnight hours.

Monday will also be hot, windy, and humid with strong southerly winds of 20-35 or more at times. There will also be another slight chance of showers or storms during the day Monday with better chances that night. Temperatures will reach the mid-upper 90s along with heat index values a few degrees above that. Fortunately, we will be getting a break after that as a cool front is still on schedule to move across the state during the Tue/Tue night time frame.

Our best chances of showers or storms should be during the overnight hours of Monday night and through the day Tuesday. This system will be moving rather slowly so some lingering showers or storms may continue into early Wednesday as well. Rainfall totals may exceed an inch for some of us by the time it is all said and done but perhaps more importantly will be the break in what has been an unusually hot June.

Daytime highs in the 80s are expected for Tue and Wed and our overnight lows should also reach the 60s by Wed morning and again on Thu morning. We have not seen much of that so far this month, but it will not last long. A return to southerly winds and above normal temperatures can be expected again for the latter part of the week and into the coming weekend. There will also be chances of showers and storms each day going into the weekend as well.

As always, stay cool, stay tuned, and check back for updates.

Dick Faurot