More Summer Heat Thursday, But Weekend Storm Chances For Eastern Oklahoma

Thursday, June 18th 2020, 9:34 am
By: Stephen Nehrenz

Heat and humidity continue for our Thursday, but storm chances are about to increase for the busy weekend ahead across Green Country. Once again plan for sticky conditions and higher dewpoints for the morning hours. Thursday’s highs will climb back into the 90s with south winds gusting over 20 miles per hour. Any isolated “pop-up” showers look to be confined to extreme southeastern Oklahoma and into Arkansas today.

Thursday high temperatures.

The upper level ridge that’s brought us a long dry stretch throughout June is starting to break down, and that will allow some storm chances to return this weekend. A complex of storms looks to impact parts of Kansas and the western half of Oklahoma overnight into early Friday morning. Some leftover showers and storms could drift into eastern Oklahoma Friday morning, with a chance for widely scattered storms pretty much anywhere on Friday.

3-day rain chances.

Another overnight/morning complex of storms may impact parts of Oklahoma heading into early Saturday morning, especially closer to the Red River. Right now any storms during the afternoon Saturday look to be fairly isolated, but can’t be ruled out. And a few strong to marginally severe storms are a possibility Saturday with plenty of instability in place. If you’re planning to be in downtown Tulsa Saturday for President Trump’s visit, be prepared for the chance of a storm or two. It’ll also be hot and humid Saturday with heat index values well into the 90s The unsettled pattern continues into Father’s Day Sunday as well. Once again it’ll be far from a washout, but some widely scattered storms are possible Father’s Day Sunday. A more widespread round of heavier storms is lining up to impact Green Country Sunday night into Monday morning, which should provide a good drink of water for areas that have dried out significantly in recent weeks. We’ll keep you updated!

I hope you have a great Thursday, Green Country! You can follow me on Twitter @StephenNehrenz as well as my Facebook page Meteorologist Stephen Nehrenz to stay up to date with the very latest!