WEATHER ALERT: Extreme heat in the upper 90s Monday

Published: Sep. 18, 2022 at 8:21 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2022 at 5:11 AM CDT
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A powerful warm air expansion has taken place within our low and mid levels, which has allowed us to intensify heat through the past 24 hours, tying a record Sunday from the 1950s. We will continue with this heat moving forward Monday afternoon and even Tuesday afternoon, with high temperatures ranging between 95 and 100 degrees. There is minor humidity within our forecast, which will allow for feels-like temperatures to range between 99 and 103 degrees.

If we make it to the upper 90s, we are expected to break records for today set back in 1954 and tomorrow from 1948. This is why we are under a Weather Alert for today and tomorrow. Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps are going to be high risk for anyone spending a moderate amount of time outdoors. Please find ways to stay cool and hydrated to the best of your abilities.

By Wednesday, we are anticipating a front and an area of low pressure to swing in from the northwest and bring an opportunity for showers and thunderstorms. The timing of the storm system is still up in the air ranging between Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. For now, expect a 40 percent chance for storm activity toward the end of the day Wednesday and expanding into our Thursday morning and early afternoon.

With the storm system though, temperatures will drop dramatically due to much cooler air filtering in behind the front. Wednesday, depending on the timing of the front, we may see high temperatures within the mid 80s, and then by Thursday, we see a drop in temperatures to the upper 60s for afternoon highs. Temperatures will begin to rebound to near-seasonal within the upper 70s through the weekend into next week.