Summer heat and humidity returned this afternoon, at least across the northwest half of the Ozarks. A few showers and thunderstorms fired up northeast of Springfield early in the evening, feeding on the increase in humidity and dropping some locally heavy rainfall amounts of 1 to 2″ northwest of Strafford, MO. Another area of storms, that originated earlier in the day north of I-70, finally found their way south into Central Missouri this evening before fading south of Hwy. 54.
Additional storms developed west of I-35 in Kansas and north of I-70 during the evening, and these are the storms to watch. They’ll continue to organize into a line of storms that should sweep east and south into Friday morning, marching into Western Missouri and Northwest Arkansas near sunrise. Gusty winds will come with the storms when they arrive, especially west of Hwy. 65.
The area of rain and thunder will continue to spread south and east through Friday morning, tapering off for most areas by early Friday afternoon. A lingering pocket of showers and thunderstorms will likely persist to the east of Hwy. 65 through the afternoon as the core of the morning storm complex triggers additional showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will remain mild with highs in the mid-70s to low 80s. Rainfall could be heavy in spots, especially near and north of I-44 where amounts over an inch are possible.
Another wave of showers and thunderstorms will likely set up across Kansas Friday night, shifting east into the Ozarks by Saturday. Clouds and rain will once again keep temperatures mild with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s.
The pattern will start transitioning to warmer and drier weather Sunday. A few showers still look possible though with afternoon highs in the low to mid-80s.
We’ll wrap up the holiday weekend with warm and dry weather, perfect weather for time on the lake or river.
Back to work weather is looking hot and sunny with temperatures soaring into the low 90s. The pattern should stay warm and dry until the end of the week.