Tonight: Partly cloudy with 30 % chance of showers/storms this evening. Overnight will be warm and humid. Low: 67-71. Wind: S 5-10 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High: 87-91. Wind: NW 10-15 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Low: 64-68. Wind: N 5-10 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny, hot and humid. High: near 90.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, hot and humid. High: low 90s.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, hot and humid. High: mid 90s.
Monday: Partly cloudy, hot and humid. High: upper 90s.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, hot and humid. High: upper 90s.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, hot and humid. High: upper 90s.
There is a low and stationary front across Iowa this afternoon. Along the front a few showers/storms have developed north of Waterloo. The heavier rain reports have been located north of Highway 20. The storms have been moving generally east.
There is a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH in effect for most of the viewing area until 8 pm. Right now it does not appear there will be much severe weather if any in the watch area. The northern part of the state will have the better chance of rain. Here is the watch:
For those that get rain this afternoon and evening, it will not be enough to lift the burn bans that are in place. Here are the current burn bans. Click here for more details on the burn bans.
The weather pattern for the next several days shows a large ridge of high pressure over the middle of the country. The result will be dry and hot (highs in the 90s) conditions through the middle of next week. The maps below shows the ridge.
Combine the heat and humidity you can see the heat index will be 100+. The map below is for Tuesday.
The 8-14 day outlook (July 26-Aug. 1) shows temperatures above normal and near normal precipitation.
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This post was written by Schnack on July 18, 2012