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Heat returns to Midwest

07/27/2011 @ 8:12am

Heat will return as a big story for central and southern parts of the Midwest for today and tomorrow, with highs at least in the 90s there but lots of 95+ degree highs south of Interstate 80 and 100+ degree highs in Kansas, Missouri, and southwestern Illinois. At least this heat will not last as long as last week, as it will be cut back a good deal for Friday and Saturday. Heat will again return through for Sunday through Tuesday of next week with highs in the 90s across a lot of the Midwest for that period.

Beyond that is still hope for more normal temperatures on a more extended basis for the region, but if you are someone hoping for a true "cool" weather pattern (one where temperatures actually average below normal for several days), such a pattern is likely not real close at hand for the Corn Belt.

Rains overnight in the Midwest were best in Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin with the Interstate 90 corridor of southwestern Minnesota and eastern South Dakota seeing the best totals and coverage (I can confirm over an inch of rain for Huron, Mitchell, Sioux Falls and Worthington with a few counties under flash flood warnings early today). It will continue to be northern and western parts of the Midwest that sees the best rains for today and tomorrow, and with strong/severe storms likely we could again see locally heavy rains (best chances for that in central/eastern Iowa, far northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and western Michigan).

Rain chances will reach the southeastern Corn Belt (where they really need it) by Friday but I continue to feel that rain amounts and coverage there will be considerably less than is seen to their northwest. Another good chance for rain will likely evolve next week in the Midwest for about Tuesday, with signs that rain event will also favor western and northern areas.

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