Intense heat continues Thursday, relief coming soon

Published: May. 10, 2022 at 2:35 PM CDT|Updated: May. 12, 2022 at 9:11 AM CDT
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Are you ready for a little bit of relief, Kansas City? I know I am.

Looks like it’s going to come in the form of a new front and low pressure combo from the west, though. Our severe weather prediction models indicate we do have a small threat for severe storms moving through overnight tonight and into Friday. The better threat for storm activity will lie within our afternoon timeframe on Friday during peak heating between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tornado development is still very low, but the potential for winds to gust up to 50+ miles per hour and the development of marble-sized hail cannot be ruled out.

Thursday, you won’t have to worry about that threat for storm activity, though. It’s still the summer sizzle across the viewing area to be concerned about. Daytime highs are expected 15 to 20° above average; featured in the lower 90s where we flirt around record-breaking heat yet again today. By this afternoon, as gusts reach between 20 and 30 mph, it may feel like a blow dryer out there, so try to find ways to beat the heat. Staying cool and hydrated will be rather important today, especially when doing any work outdoors for a significant amount of time.

The front and low passes Friday evening, and we pick up a dryer Saturday forecast. During this time, a cooler trend takes over and daytime highs drop back down into the upper 70s and lower 80s. We are still monitoring a few weak low pressure systems to bring slight chances for showers and isolated storms by the end of the weekend Sunday. Currently, however, rain chances are holding around 30%. This means your end-of-the-weekend forecast is still not a washout.

As we continue into the next work week, we will have opportunities for hit or miss showers and storms. Tuesday for example, has an opportunity for early afternoon isolated storm activity. During this timeframe, though, much of the work week we will remain in the lower 80s, but there is a trend with daytime highs increasing back to the upper 80s by the end of next week.

Looks like we’re officially transitioning out of spring conditions and moving towards our summer like conditions.