Joe’s Weather Blog: 2 more days of heat (WED-5/11) | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

It’s another breezy and warm start to the day in KC. Temperatures this morning are in the upper 70s already as I type this. Our morning low was a balmy 74 °. That’s actually above our average high temperature for today’s date. Yesterday while we missed out on tying a record high by 1 ° we did in fact break a record. It was a record warm low temperature. The low was only 77 ° yesterday… not only that but the 2nd warmest low for ALL of May.

That’s pretty impressive.

Today (so far) the low has been 74 °. The record warm low is 73 ° set in 1956. This is too much on the table today.

This is impressive heat in the middle of the country and elsewhere too. Records were hit across northern Michigan as best today. So it’s expansive.

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Forecast:

Today: Variable high clouds this morning with partly cloudy and hazy conditions this afternoon. Highs near 90 °. The record is 92 sets in 1962

Tonight: Fair and warm with lows in the lower 70s

Tomorrow: About the same… lower 90s. The record is 93 ° set in 1962

Friday: Shower / Storm chances increase but likely not an all day rain. There will be more clouds around though and that should help reduce temperatures a bit… low to mid 80s.

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Discussion:

I really don’t have a lot to write about today … with some pretty beefy dew points adding to the mugginess out there. The heat indices have been in the 95-100 ° range during the middle afternoon … Also the winds today may not be consistent as they have been lately.

Mostly thunderstorms that were raging across western TX last evening and last night. I showed them to the newscasts and mentioned that we see the clouds this morning.

IF you look near there is a twist to the clouds out across central KS… that is referred to as a mesoscale vortex. Generated from the storms. Sometimes IF one of these comes into the region and the atmosphere is conducive, it can create storms on its own… but today it won’t be locally.

An interesting feature and one that we will see several times this summer as we get into more favorable patterns for this.

Over the next few days… record is probably in many areas of the central part of the country and spreading to the Northeast as well.

Today’s near record / record potential

Tomorrow:

Friday:

As the matter of fact records may be set early next week on the hot side….

But what about the potential of record lows anywhere. Well there may be some… out in the western US. Tomorrow there may be some record and record lows out towards CA.

So when does this come to an end?

Friday will be the 1st chance as a weak front enters the region. There should be some fading showers / storms in the region as well. Those pockets of rain cooled on the day… .

Right now it seems Saturday will be warm but not hot or humid… mid 80s are doable it seems.

Then on Sunday the question is whether or not a disturbance will come down from NE / KS and move towards the area with rain with it. I think the potential is the 1st part of the day for this.

Right now there are no overwhelming signals for severe storms around here. Watching Friday just in case there are some more storms around the area… maybe some wind / hail risks later in the day… I’ve wondered about this all week though.

Just nothing really organized at this point down the road. Maybe something next weekend more noteworthy but we’ll see about that.

A reminder that we are in the wettest time of the year over the next few weeks … May and June are the two wettest months … so it doesn’t take much to get something going.

The feature photo is from Allen Hickman up in northern MO of a candy cane sky with some haze to start the day.

Joe

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