First day of summer brings hot temps, rain chances to northwest Missouri

By TOMMY REZAC

St. Joseph Post

Tuesday is officially the first day of summer, and it will feel like it for many across the region.

Highs in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas Tuesday are expected to be in the upper 90s with indices up to 105 possible.

National Weather Service meteorologist Brent Pesel from the Pleasant Hill Office says a front will move through later Tuesday evening, which could trigger some strong thunderstorms.

“There’s a marginal risk for severe weather around this evening,” Pesel told St. Joseph Post. “Just with how hot and humid it is, that makes the atmosphere really unstable. We have a front moving into the area this evening which might trigger some thunderstorms.”

Pesel says the rain chances will persist through the night.

“As we get toward sunset and continuing through the overnight hours,” Pesel said. “We don’t have high expectations for severe weather, but it certainly isn’t zero.”

That front will bring with it highs in the 80s for Wednesday and Thursday before temperatures rise back into the mid 90s by Friday and Saturday, with heat indices this weekend ranging from 100-107.

Relief is on the way next week as well, Pesel says, with highs early next week starting off in the low-to-mid 80s.

“Middle of this week, as the front rolls through, we’re going to get a little bit of a break from these really hot temperatures,” Pesel said. “The heat builds back up Friday into Saturday before another front looks to roll through and get us just a little bit cooler here into next week.”

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