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Wednesday, July 30 Overnight Forecast

Rain to give way to dry weather and hotter temperatures.
Clouds and rain led to record cool highs for some today in the Ozarks.  The rain started early and lasted all day south of a Nevada to West Plains line.  It was the perfect kind of rain with no thunder and mainly steady and slow.  Rainfall totals have been highest in a band from Joplin southeast through Harrison where totals have been in the 1 to 2" range.  The cut off was sharp with most areas north of the line seeing sprinkles or nothing at all.  Areas that have seen rain also saw very cool daytime temperatures with several record low highs in jeopardy.  Harrison and Joplin both had highs of 70, while West Plains had a high of 74.  If these stand, and it looks like they will, then they will break the current record low highs for the date.

The rain will continue to impact areas south of a Nevada to West Plains line through the evening.  Most of it will be light, but occasionally heavier showers will occur.  The rain is expected to taper off from northwest to southeast by sunrise Thursday.  Rain chances won't be over however.  It looks like lingering moisture, cooler temperatures aloft, and differences in heating across the area will lead to scattered pop up showers and storms, mainly across Southern Missouri.  Temperatures will again be tricky with areas close to Hwy. 54 seeing some sun and highs in the low 80s, while cloudier areas to the south will see highs in the 70s.

Friday will be partly cloudy with an isolated shower threat during the afternoon as a disturbance passes through.  Most areas will remain dry, and this will mark the beginning of another long, dry stretch that will continue through Wednesday.  This will make for nice weekend conditions.  Temperatures will be on the way back up during the afternoon with mid 80s expected.  Humidity levels will stay low through the weekend, and this will keep overnight temperatures on the cool side.

A ridge will build in upstairs across the mid section of the country by early next week.  This will bring a return of summer like conditions to the area.  Afternoon highs will flirt with if not hit 90° Tuesday and Wednesay.  Another front is expected to follow though, with rain on Thursday followed by cooler temperatures.
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