It makes sense that we’re in a “hit or miss” storm mode, it’s June. Thursday’s batch of showers and storms were very widely scattered and focused across areas east of Hwy. 65. The pattern won’t change much through Friday, but changes are in store for the weekend.

Tonight into the morning looks quiet and mostly clear. Bright morning sunshine Friday will send temperatures into the 80s by late morning and that’s about the time clouds will start to bubble up. Showers and thunderstorms Friday afternoon will remain scattered, but it looks like the overall coverage will be a little higher giving more people a shot at some rain before we go into another dry stretch.

That dry stretch will begin Saturday as drier air sweeps in from the east. There will still be a chance for spotty showers and thunderstorms, but that risk for rain will be squeezed into areas near and west of Hwy. 65.

Drier air will settle in across all of the area Sunday, dropping rain chances and raising temperatures. Highs Sunday will be around 90° across the Ozarks, and for many will be the hottest day of the year so far. It’s also a little early for 90° heat with 90° highs arriving during the second week of June on average.

The pattern into next week will maintain a dry look throughout the week thanks to dry air flowing into the Ozarks. A backdoor front will usher in even drier air Tuesday, and this will likely be our best shot at spotty areas of rain next week. The heat may ease a bit by the middle of the week as some milder air tries to work in, but afternoon highs will remain a little above normal. Low humidity will allow temperatures to fall to comfortable levels at night.

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