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Wednesday forecast: Staying cool today from morning rain

Brief cool down today/tomorrow but still humid
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 3:59 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 15, 2020 at 11:31 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The bulk of the rain this morning fell north of I-70 with most spots in the 0.50″-2″ range with most spots less than 0.20″ south of I-70. The rain and cloud cover that has lingered has slowed our warm-up meaning it’s going to be a cool day with most spots that may only be in the upper 70s to mid 80s.

Heat continues to be the biggest threat especially by Friday lasting into the weekend. While temperatures will be cooler today and tomorrow, the humidity will remain high leading to heat indices 3-5° above the actual air temperature. By this weekend we could be dealing with heat indices anywhere from 100-110°. Cloud cover will remain a factor for the week ahead as far as how cool it stays (or how warm it gets with more sun).

8 Day Forecast
8 Day Forecast(WIBW)

This Afternoon: Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s, Upper 80s are still possible near I-35 especially if clouds clear out quickly. Winds NE/N 5-10 mph.

Tonight: Partly Cloudy. Lows in the mid-upper 60s. North wind around 5 mph.

Tomorrow: Mix of sun and clouds (indications of a general decrease in cloud cover). Highs in the mid-upper 80s. Winds E 5-10 mph.

There does remain a slight chance of storms Thursday night however most spots will remain dry. This will lead to dry conditions and mostly sunny skies Friday with highs really heating up in the 90s.

The temperatures continue to get hotter for Saturday which looks to be the hottest day of the week with highs around 100°. There are indications that there may be a few storms Friday night and also Saturday night into Sunday morning so we’ll continue to fine tune the forecast as needed.

As temperatures continue to gradually cool down next week back down closer to 90° by next Wednesday we’ll continue to monitor the storm chances at night to see if any storms impact the area the following day. As mentioned above the chances for any widespread storms moving through are low at this time so it’ll be more hit and miss.

Taking Action:

  1. Storms are likely this morning with most spots dry this afternoon.
  2. Any outdoor chores you need to get done before the heat takes over you have through Friday morning. By Friday afternoon it gets dangerously hot with any extended activity outside not recommended. Even over the weekend lows don’t cool down as much as they have been able to do all season with many spots only dropping in the upper 70s.
  3. Keep checking back often with our storm chances this week as we continue to fine tune the details.

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