THE LATEST AREA OUTLOOK TO NEXT TUESDAY

It will be a hot, very humid week overall (slight relief Monday) with periods of showers & storms. Some brief decent relief will arrive next Saturday, followed by a heat-up with high humidity & showers/storms.

Posted: Jul. 2, 2018 2:05 AM

INACTIVE JUNE (SEVERE WEATHER-WISE) CARRIES INTO JULY, DESPITE STORMS AROUND:

June 2018 was the least active severe weather-wise in our viewing area (Newton, Jasper, Pulaski, Fulton, Miami, Cass, Carroll, White, Benton, Warren, Fountain, Tippecanoe, Clinton, Montgomery, Howard counties) since 1988. 

Only three reports of severe weather were officially received, according the Storm Prediction Center.  Since 1970, only five other Junes rank with less than five reports of severe weather for the month.  1970 (0), 1988 (0), 1994(4), 1996 (4) & 2013 (4).

At this point, at least to next weekend, there are no indications of widespread, organized severe storms in the area.  However, a couple isolated severe storms are possible at times.

TODAY:

The good news is that the scattered showers/storms will exit early today, followed by a dry afternoon with partly cloudy skies.  Although, it will still be a day where you sweat & it will be humid, it will not be like what we experienced this past weekend with highs near 90 to the mid 90s & heat indices near 100 to as high as 110.  Today will feature more like highs near 86 with heat indices near 91.

TUESDAY-FOURTH OF JULY:

Some scattered storms will return Tuesday, mainly in the afternoon to evening as the front works back northward as a warm front.  After lows in the 65-70 range Monday night, highs Tuesday will warm to 87-91 with heat indices climbing to 95-98.

Some more scattered storms are possible for July 4th.  At this point, the better potential is along & north of U.S. 24 with highs near 90 to the lower 90s with heat indices near 100 to as high as 107.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY:

Periodic showers & storms are possible Thursday-Friday with hot, very humid weather.  Highs will tend to run 88-92 with lows 70-74 with daily heat indices peaking in the upper 90s to as high as 106.

Although an isolated severe storm or two is possible at times this week, the main corridor of severe weather will remain well northwest of our area from Iowa & Minnesota to northern Wisconsin.  There, stronger wind fields through the troposphere will reside & shear will be higher for more intense, organized storms.

Given the very high humidity, some locally-heavy rainfall is possible by Friday.  A few locations in the area may see +4" of rainfall by Friday night.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

Cooler, less humid weather (with partly cloudy skies) will arrive by Saturday with highs in the lower to middle 80s & lows around 60 to the in the lower 60s.  Sunday looks a bit more humid & warmer with highs in the mid to upper 80s with sunshine.

NEXT MONDAY-NEXT TUESDAY:

Scattered showers & storms should return by next Monday be with us at times right into Tuesday & Wednesday.  Highs all days will tend to run near 90 with heat indices near 97.

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Dry tonight, but a few rain & snow showers tomorrow.
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