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FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Warm & windy weekend ahead

Highs reach the mid and upper 80s Sunday and Monday
Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 7:21 AM CDT|Updated: 3 hours ago
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Slowly but surely, sunshine is spreading from west to east this afternoon. High pressure is building in from the south, which will keep skies mostly clear overnight. Highs today will range from the low to mid 70s for most areas, but some spots farther east could stay in the 60s depending on when the clouds dissipate.

Sun will be out all day for the far western part of Missouri and Arkansas, but clouds may not...
Sun will be out all day for the far western part of Missouri and Arkansas, but clouds may not clear in the east until early afternoon.(KY3)
Sun will reappear from west to east today with highs in the 70s.
Sun will reappear from west to east today with highs in the 70s.(KY3)

Saturday morning, there is a very slight chance that enough moisture could return to generate a few showers or storms over eastern Kansas or Oklahoma, potentially spilling into western parts of the Ozarks. After that, we’re in for scattered clouds and highs in the lower to perhaps middle 80s in the warmest spots.

Though we could see some cloud cover, I expect dry conditions to continue with highs between...
Though we could see some cloud cover, I expect dry conditions to continue with highs between 80-85°.(KY3)

The wind will get stronger through the day, potentially pushing over 30 mph by late afternoon. Sunday & Monday looks windier and warmer, with highs in the middle and upper 80s, maybe even touching 90° for a spot or two.

Hot & Windy
Hot & Windy(ky3)

By Wednesday the upper level ridge warming us up this weekend will be flattened out as an upper trough tops the ridge on the north side. This will slide a cold front into the Ozarks by Wednesday, bringing us the next best chance for showers and storms.

The upper pattern will briefly flip this weekend and early next week, bringing hotter weather...
The upper pattern will briefly flip this weekend and early next week, bringing hotter weather back to the Ozarks.(KY3)

The result will be a cold front sagging into the region and generating a few showers and storms. This could last into at least early Thursday, but it doesn’t look like a widespread rain at this point. The end of next week looks very comfortable with highs in the 70s and another couple days of dry weather.