FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Strong to Severe Storms Possible Tonight

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Summer heat and humidity rocked the Ozarks this afternoon. A sizable area of rain developed across southern Missouri and north Arkansas. This area of rain is slowly weakening and moving south and east. Eventually this area of rain should fade this evening.

Attention then turns to the north where additional storms are forecast tonight. One round of storms may affect northern counties this evening. A second stronger round of storms is forecast just before sunrise Thursday. Severe weather threats would include hail to the size of quarters and strong gusty winds. Temperatures will stay mostly in the 70’s then drop to the 60’s in the rain.

Morning storms should move off quickly allowing for some afternoon sunshine. High temperatures will jump to the mid and upper 80’s. The humidity levels will also be super high too.

While there is a tiny chance for a few storms both Friday and Saturday the main headline is going to be the heat and humidity. High temperatures will climb to the lower 90’s with a heat index around 95. Sunday also promises to be pretty warm and for now I am projecting a high of 90 although it may fall just shy of that mark.

Cloud cover begins to increase during the day Monday as what is left of Cristobal moves north from Louisiana. The rain should hold off until early evening in north Arkansas then slowly overspread the rest of the Ozarks Monday night. The cloud cover and an increasing southeast wind in response to the storm should hold highs to the mid and upper 80’s.

Periods of heavy rain and wind gusts to near 30 are forecast Tuesday as the remnants of Cristobal move across the Ozarks. Keep in mind there is some time to go before these events unfold and some changes in the track are likely. Right now the worst case scenario would give the Ozarks three plus inches of rain early next week. Any deviation of the track could give us much less rainfall. Temperatures will be cooler but seasonable with highs around 80 both Tuesday and Wednesday.

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