Thursday, September 3, 2015

Summer holds on for now, but fall weather is on the map

Courtesy Robert Brozek - north of Hutch - Wednesday evening
After having an early taste of autumn last month, we are getting blasted with late summer heat that seems to be relentless. Although we didn't have any record high temperatures Wednesday, it was a little unusual to see 100s cover the weather map over central and northern Kansas.

Within the first 10 days of September, it's not unheard of to still have some 100 degree days. But it's much harder to accomplish in the second half of the month because of the shorter days. Hill City has recorded 100 degree heat as late as October 5th. Wow! I'm sure most of us don't want to see that repeat this fall.

Look up to the north! Wednesday evening at 6 p.m., 90 degree heat had spread all the way into the Dakotas with 94 in Rapid City. So Kansas isn't alone in the summer weather. It covers much of the country. But look carefully at the temperatures in western Canada. You'll notice readings in the 40s and 50s. Eventually, that air will move south, but how long will it take to get here? It looks like by 6 p.m. Saturday, hot weather is still firmly in place across the midsection of the country (including Kansas) When we get to 6 p.m. Tuesday, some cooler air should be settling across the region, getting us back to normal for September (80s for highs)

Will rain wash out your holiday? Most likely not! 

Saturday: Dry statewide
Sunday A.M. - very slight rain chance central and east
Sunday Eve. - A few showers/storms across northern Kansas
Monday - Highest rain chance along and east of I-135
Tuesday - Best chance for showers/storms across southwest, central, and eastern Kansas

Millie and I hope you have a terrific Labor Day weekend. If you get bored, we are on the air Sunday and Monday evenings.

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