Showers and thunderstorms today hit areas from Versailles southeast to Eminence. They don’t bring much wind or hail, but they bring a lot of rain to drought-stricken areas. A larger band of rain fell from Versailles to Salem, MO, with radar estimating total rainfall between 2 and 5″. The wetter weather corridor also results in a BIG temperature range with highs from 100° in Joplin to mid-70s in Rolla.
A boundary surrounding the Ozarks will rise to the northeast tonight with a capped building on the west side. This should make for a quiet night for most areas, but there’s a risk of storms coming in from Vienna to Rolla late at night.
Wednesday will be hot, humid and quiet. It looks like there will be a lot of dense clouds making the sky at least mildly sunny. This will help calm the heat, but don’t get too excited. We are still talking about 90s highs with a risk of heat index values above 100° in the afternoon.
Thursday will be better, with highs in the low 90s. Showers and thunderstorms are also possible, particularly in Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas near the front boundary.
Drier and cooler air will gradually build up through Friday. A stronger-than-expected superior storm is also expected to pass during the day. This will make the sky cloudy with possible showers and thunder. Cloud/rain combination will make for a mild end to the week with temperatures trying to warm up throughout the 70s
Saturday’s weather looks almost ideal for mid-July with plenty of sunshine, lower humidity and pleasant temperatures. Sunday looks a bit hotter and wetter, with showers and thunderstorms possible. The possibility of showers and thunderstorms will remain in the forecast until at least Monday with temperatures rising again.
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