After the sweltering conditions on Wednesday, yesterday felt almost pleasant (at least by comparison!). Unfortunately, today we’ll be headed back into the sauna. By late afternoon, temps are expected to reach the high 90’s with heat indices of just over 100 degrees. South winds of up to 20 mph with gusts close to 30 will help take the edge off a little bit. Anyone spending time outside today, however, will need to take appropriate precautions to avoid overheating.
Looking ahead to the weekend, the dry slot that has been sitting over us recently will possibly give way this weekend as precipitation chances re-enter our forecast on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a chance for thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and overnight hours on Saturday, with some strong storms possible. Small hail and gusty winds could accompany any storms that develop. On Father’s Day, the Storm Prediction Center actually has us in a Slight Risk area for severe thunderstorms. Forecasters expect storms to move into south central Kansas by late afternoon or early evening, with damaging winds and large hail being the primary threats. On the positive side, this weekend’s stormy weather should cause our high temperatures to back off a little bit as it moves through the area. Highs on Saturday are predicted to be in the high 80’s with a heat index of just over 90 degrees. Sunday should top out right about 90 degrees with a heat index of around 95.