A steamy night is underway across the area with temperatures that will be slow to cool. Further north, it’s another active night of weather with a line of severe storms slowly pushing southeast across Central Missouri. Pockets of hail are possible with the storms to the north along with an increasing risk for damaging wind gusts with the line expected to surge toward the southeast into Southeast Missouri overnight.
Storms will likely continue to develop north of the initial line with a corridor of heavy rain expected to set up from Versailles southeast to Sikeston, MO. Several inches are expected along that corridor with pockets that will see over 6″.
Further southwest the night will remain quiet with temperatures only falling into the upper 70s and low 80s.
We will have a similar setup Thursday with heat in the south and west and cooler temperatures to the north and east. This time southwest Missouri may be fortunate enough to get spotty showers and thunderstorms Thursday afternoon, but the data looks mostly dry. The heat will be the big story with Heat Advisories and Excessive Heat Warnings blanketing Southwest Missouri and Northern Arkansas. Highs will be in the mid-90s with low 100s along I-49. Heat indices will top 105° across the advised area during the afternoon.
Beginning Friday, the track of rain showers moves farther south providing several chances for rain Friday into the weekend. Temperatures will remain steamy with the heat finally beginning to ease by Sunday. A stronger storm system will go to our north and bring a cold front through the Ozarks by the end of the weekend. Mild and quieter weather will move in for early next week along with lower humidity.