Late September warmth continued today across the Ozarks with afternoon highs well into the 80s. That will remain the big story into the first week of October. But, there’s a little wet weather to talk about as well, at least in the short term.

A front draped across Central Missouri will help trigger scattered showers and thunderstorms overnight, mainly north of Hwy. 54 with a focus from Lake of the Ozarks, east. A few of the storms could be on the stronger side producing frequent lightning and small hail.

The risk for wet weather will fade Wednesday morning, but an isolated shower or two will remain possible across Southern Missouri into the afternoon. Otherwise, look for a mix of sun and clouds with highs in the 80s.

The lingering frontal boundary might trigger a few additional showers and storms east of Hwy. 63 Wednesday night into Thursday.

The pattern will continue to have a late-summer feel. This is thanks to a fall version of the “summer ridge”. The ridge will remain over the middle of the country through the middle of next week as a trough persists in the West. This will keep rain chances slim to none and temperatures well above normal.

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