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FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Another big warm-up

Record highs are possible by Friday
Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 7:21 AM CDT|Updated: 14 minutes ago
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Good morning and happy Wednesday!  The sky has finally cleared off over most of the Ozarks or will soon.  Very dry air is returning today, and we’ll see lots of sunshine early in the day and some high clouds later in the afternoon.  Temperatures are in the upper 20s and low 30s to start, and our warm-up begins today.  A light southwest wind will blow, and highs will range from around 50° in Rolla to as warm as the upper 50s in far western Missouri. 

Sunshine is back for today, and temperatures will be about 15 degrees warmer than Tuesday.
Sunshine is back for today, and temperatures will be about 15 degrees warmer than Tuesday.(KY3)

That will mean middle 50s for Springfield and Harrison. Tonight, low pressure will strengthen in the plains and our wind will increase overnight.  After an early drop into the upper 30s and low 40s, we’ll warm slightly through the night as winds increase to around 20 mph and a warm front moves to our north.

Clouds and an increasing south wind will keep temperatures mainly in the 40s tonight.
Clouds and an increasing south wind will keep temperatures mainly in the 40s tonight.(KY3)
A warm front will swing through central Missouri tonight, and temperatures may warm slightly...
A warm front will swing through central Missouri tonight, and temperatures may warm slightly during the night.(KY3)

Clouds will move overhead as well but should clear out tomorrow morning.  That will lead to an even warmer day Thursday with highs in the middle 60s. 

Clouds may begin the day Thursday but sun should be back.  A warm start will allow temperatures...
Clouds may begin the day Thursday but sun should be back. A warm start will allow temperatures to warm into the 60s.(KY3)

By Friday, lows will be well into the 40s as a south wind blows and clouds begin to move in.  I think Friday will end up mostly cloudy as moisture improves, but near-record temperatures are still expected with highs in the lower 70s.  A strong cold front will move through Friday night, and I suspect there could be a couple showers and storms ahead of the front, mainly over the eastern Ozarks.  I think there may be a strong storm or two east of Highway 63, but this should be isolated.  Drier and much colder air will return for Saturday with highs in the 40s.  The relative chill will only last for a day, however, as highs jump back into the 50s for Sunday.  Another warm week is ahead of us next weak with highs well into the 60s and dry conditions.  What a December this is turning out to be!