After a mild weekend, we started the week with even warmer temperatures. West Plains and Harrison both enjoyed record highs. We’ll continue to chase record highs through Wednesday before a return to normal later this week.

Tonight will stay mild with temperatures only dipping into the upper 50s There’s a slight chance for a few sprinkles near Central Missouri close to a front. That front will return north Tuesday with early morning clouds giving way to sunshine. A sun-filled day will also come with afternoon highs in the upper 70s and low 80s. Springfield stands the best chance at setting a record high. The current record high is 79° set back in 1915.

Temperatures won’t fall much Tuesday night, bottoming out in the low 60s before returning to the low 80s for highs Wednesday afternoon. Winds will be gusty and skies will remain mostly clear ahead of a cold front that won’t arrive until Wednesday evening. Record highs will likely fall in many locations Wednesday afternoon.

When the cold front initially passes through there is a slight chance for light rain showers or light mist Wednesday night. A better chance for rain develops Thursday from midday into the evening, but that will mainly be near and south of the state line. Temperatures will be cool behind the front to end the week.

It looks like temperatures will be pretty close to normal heading through the weekend. The nights will be cold with bright and cool days. Temperatures look to march higher again next week.

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