It’s a calm start across the Ozarks this morning with temperatures in the 60s for most of us. An upper level ridge will begin building into our area today and control the weather through Saturday keeping the forecast mostly sunny, humid and hot. A breezy southerly wind helps to usher in moisture and warmer air. Most of us will be in the lower 90s this afternoon, places west of Springfield will be a bit warmer. There is a heat advisory in effect from noon until 7pm for counties on the Kansas border. Places from Jasper to Bates counties will have highs in the mid-90s with heat index values near or above 100° today. It will be even hotter tomorrow. Saturday could be the hottest day we’ve seen so far with highs in the mid and upper 90s and heat index values in the triple digits.
Sunday will remain muggy and hot before a cold front moves through the area and ushers in cooler air for next week. There will be an isolated storm chance associated with this frontal passage for Sunday afternoon. We’re in the lower 90s Sunday before dropping into the low and mid-80s all next week.