The heat is definitely on for the Ozarks this week. High temperatures today climbed into the mid 90s and were a bit warmer than expected. The dry ground is really having an impact and this does not bode well for the rest of the week.
The upper level ridge remains in place through the weekend. Daytime temperatures will have no trouble warming to the middle and upper 90s. Areas north and west of Springfield have a decent chance of seeing triple digits. Factoring in the humidity will only make it feel hotter with Heat Indices reaching 110 in spots.
Cooler weather still looks to move back by the middle of next week. However the long range model complicates this some by running a strong tropical storm into Mississippi. This could have a variety of effects on our weather depending on movement or even if this feature develops.