Ozone Alert Friday; Hot And Muggy Weather Returns This Weekend

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Friday, July 12th 2024, 9:55 am

By: News On 6


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Scattered showers and storms are still possible across the northeastern corner of Oklahoma, extending into Southeastern Kansas, Southwest Missouri, and Northwest Arkansas Friday morning due to a lingering weak disturbance combined with the presence of a low-level jet.

Are there rain chances this weekend in Oklahoma?

The likelihood for the Tulsa metro area remains at or below 10% during the early morning. Later Friday night into early Saturday, there's a slight chance for isolated storms in the far northern sections of Oklahoma and southern Kansas.

SAT AM Rain

These low-end probabilities will diminish as the mid-level ridge from the west expands, leading to sinking and compressing air. This will result in rising heat and humidity Friday, continuing into the weekend and through the early part of next week.

Fri Temperatures

Expect morning lows in the mid to upper 70s and afternoon highs approaching 100 degrees from Sunday to at least Wednesday. A weakness in the upper ridge may allow a weak surface front to move into northern Oklahoma, increasing the likelihood of more organized storms from Wednesday night into Thursday and bringing cooler temperatures for a day or two.

Heat Index

What will the weather be like in Oklahoma on Friday, July 12?

Friday's highs are expected to hit the mid to upper 90s. Following some morning cloud cover, we'll experience mostly sunny skies with south winds at 10 to 20 mph. The heat index is projected between 100 and 104.

Fri Highs

While heat advisories might not be issued Friday, the data suggests an increase in these values over the weekend, leading to heightened concerns about heat stress.

What is an Ozone Alert?

An Ozone Alert is in effect for the Tulsa metro region Friday. This means conditions are favorable for ozone formation near the ground, possibly leading to unhealthy levels.

Ozone Alert

Ozone in the upper portion of the atmosphere is helpful in protecting us from harmful radiation but is not healthy in the lower portions of the atmosphere. Ground level ozone forms under certain environmental conditions that may occur Friday.

EMSA HEAT SAFETY TIPS:

  1. PRE-HYDRATION is key in preventing heat-related illness. Drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement drinks several hours before and during long exposure to the summer heat.
  2. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide-brimmed hat if working outdoors, and take plenty of shade breaks.
  3. No alcohol or caffeine.
  4. If you do not have air conditioning, find a cooling station or public space (such as libraries or malls) during the day.
  5. Don’t limit your use of air conditioning.
  6. Use the buddy system if working outdoors and check on elderly neighbors.
  7. Keep a cell phone on you at all times when outdoors, including walking, running daily errands, yard work or sports and physical activity.

Friday-Saturday will be quiet, but more storms are coming in for late Sunday which will increase our chances of a few strong to severe storms during that time frame. 

Outages Across Oklahoma:

Northeast Oklahoma has various power companies and electric co-operatives, many with overlapping areas of coverage. Below is a link to various outage maps.

PSO Outage Map

OG&E Outage Map

VVEC Outage Map

Indian Electric Cooperative (IEC) Outage Map

Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives Outage Map - (Note Several Smaller Co-ops Included)

The Alan Crone morning weather podcast link from Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/episode/03KuCPYyb4hNFyC42Yo6Bt

The Alan Crone morning weather podcast link from Apple:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/weather-out-the-door/id1499556141?i=1000656145416

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