Much of the area picked up some beneficial rainfall Sunday, especially over Southwest Missouri where quite a few spots picked up well over an inch. Springfield officially reported 0.43″ for the day, bringing the monthly total to 0.76″. Despite the rain opportunities of the past several days, most areas are still dry with the need for more rainfall.

Rain isn’t something we’ll find as we get back to work Monday. We will find a late spring treat compliments of Sunday’s cold front. We’ll start the day with mostly cloudy skies and areas of light fog. Temperatures will run cool early on with morning lows in the 50s. It will be a fresh feel for June with temperatures gradually climbing through the 60s and into the low 70s by early afternoon. It will be a great day to keep the windows open as temperatures top out in the mid-70s. The day will remain rain free with a fair amount of sunshine, especially in the afternoon.

We’ll see some rain opportunities take shape in the Monday night to Wednesday timeframe, but mainly south of the state line. Today’s cold front will stall well to the south of the Ozarks generating a focus for waves of showers and thunderstorms through the middle of the week. The risk for wet weather will try to get into Northern Arkansas Monday night and then again Tuesday night. Rain chances will stay very low further north.

Temperatures will remain cool at night through mid-week with afternoon highs climbing back to normal values (mid-80s) by Wednesday.

The next shot at rain that’s more widespread will come around Friday, but it looks like the pattern will dry out again through next weekend.

Look for the afternoon heat to build to next weekend with highs back up around 90°. A ridge of high pressure over Mexico will likely nose north into the middle of the country next week bringing even hotter weather to the region.