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Thursday, July 3 Overnight Forecast

Comfortable weather through the 4th. Heat and humidty return this weekend.
Here in the Ozarks, we are just sailing along.  It was another beauty today with sunny skies and pleasant temperatures.  Record lows were set in Joplin and Springfield as temperatures dropped into the low 50s.  Afternoon readings were comfortably warm with most areas near 80°.  The area will enjoy one more comfortable day before summer heat and humidity creeps back in.

Tonight will be clear and quiet with temperatures dropping into the upper 50s.  The 4th will start cool and end warm as temperatures move a few degrees above the 80° mark.  High pressure at the surface will continue to feed in dry air, keeping things comfortable.  The evening of the 4th will be about as nice as it can get.  It will be pleasantly mild with temperatures dropping out of the 70s into the 60s.  Winds will be light and skies will be clear.

Winds will shift around to the south and southwest this weekend, and this will transport higher humidity back into the Ozarks.  Temperatures will also continue to gradually warm back up with highs near 90° Sunday.  A few showers and thunderstorms will also be possible on Sunday as a weak disturbance passes through the area.

We'll find ourselves stuck between a flat trough in the East, and a flat ridge in the West next week.  This means we'll be sampling a little of both features.  The trough will send a front into the region, and this will help bump up our rain chances.  The ridge will send hot air into the region leading to summer like readings on a daily basis next week.  This appears to be the beginning of a sustained period of heat and humidity and only spotty rain chances through the middle of the month.
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