FORECAST: The heat is on! 90s for most of this week

Published: May. 8, 2022 at 6:49 AM CDT
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O.K., Kansas City---Get ready for a series summer sizzle across the region.

Daytime highs are expected in the lower-to-mid 90s from Springfield all the way up to Bethany. If the temperature reaches 91 degrees today, we will have tied a record that was set back in 1963. In fact, through Thursday, we have an opportunity to either tie or break record heat!

With a ridge of dry air holding to the central plains and another area of high-pressure blockading the Atlantic, warm air continues to just file in from the southwest and central Mexico. This is what’s allowing us to see a spike in our temperatures for the next several days.

Heat advisories are not up currently, but I will not rule them out moving forward through the next several afternoons. Try to stay cool and hydrated. On top of this, an upper-level low remains to the west. Though very weak, it is setting up for a pressure gradient across our area of the plains and upper Midwest. This means we will be seeing breezy conditions today and tomorrow.

Expect gusts this afternoon around lunchtime between 20 and 30 mph, and continuing with these gusts through 6 o’clock tonight. With the heat of the day, it may feel like a hot blow dryer within the viewing area. Moving forwards towards the Friday, we see the ridge break down as a new low-end front forms out of the west and tracks east. Chances for rain and storms build Friday afternoon into Saturday, which will allow our temperatures to drop gradually.