Monday, July 21, 2014

Dangerous heat is here

Well, we knew the summertime heat would find it's way back to Kansas and here it is. Wow!! A very different forecast than the one we had last week. It's going to be dangerous to be doing any strenuous, physical activity this afternoon, so try to avoid it if at all possible. Heat illness can sneak up on you if you're not careful. Heat advisories cover much of the state for indices that will be 105 or higher.

I expect tomorrow will be even hotter just ahead of a cold front that will knock the temperatures down 5-10 degrees for the middle of the week. Sure, it's not a dramatic cooldown like we had last week, but if we can keep the temperatures below 100, I think we will all be in better shape.

Front position at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Less heat and a few storms possible
The rain chances this week are few and far between, and even those areas that have chances, they are slim. I think the best we can hope for will be Wednesday with the slightly cooler temperatures. 

It's doubtful that we will have highs in the 60s or 70s again anytime soon, but the long range computer models do show some cooler weather coming our way for the last week of July. So I wouldn't expect any lengthy stretch of 100s this summer. The pattern is just very different than two summers ago when we just couldn't break the heat.
Millie and I spent part of our weekend in Oklahoma City's Bricktown with a few friends. We had a great time enjoying the 80 degree weather and Millie kept a watchful eye on the crowds. I think she likes people watching.

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