Plenty of sunshine through early afternoon, but we may start to see some clouds begin to arrive from the west later this afternoon as a low pressure system moves through the Plains. Winds will be more from the south, allowing temperatures to climb further into the 70s. It will finally be a typical August day with highs topping out in the upper 70s. Summer is not over yet, and boy, we will be reminded of that for early next week!
Clouds will increase and thicken tonight with low pressure expected to slide to our south through Friday. This will bring with it a good chance of some rain, starting overnight and carrying into a good chunk of Friday. Rainfall amounts should exceed a half inch, for at least some of us. These conditions will also make for a cooler day with temperatures remaining in the 60s. It will definitely be rain jacket weather for Friday night football games with cloud cover, temps in the low 60s by kickoff with just some isolated showers sticking around.
Any lingering rain should be moving out by very early Saturday morning and this will set us up for a nice, dry and warm final weekend of August. Some clouds may still be around on Saturday, but it will be rain free with temperatures climbing back into the 70s. The upper level pattern through the weekend will feature a building ridge in the eastern U.S. while a trough develops out west. This is a pattern we really haven't seen much of this summer, but it will promote well above average temperatures through our extended forecast. We will begin to experience this by Sunday, with a mostly sunny sky and highs in the lower 80s. This will be the first time in more than a week that our temperatures will actually get above average...and the trend looks to continue for several days.
Going into next week those temperatures will continue to rise, with highs climbing further into the 80s Monday through Wednesday, as we get into the first few days of September and many kids head back to school.
- Federal meteorologists say the current El Nino is already the second strongest on record for this time of year and could be one of the most potent weather changers of the past 65 years.
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