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Good morning everyone,
We are now in our second heat wave of the summer. The first one lasted three days:
KCI Airport High Temperatures, followed by New Century Airport High Temperatures:
- July 10th: KCI: 96° New Century: 102°
- July 11th: KCI: 96° New Century: 101°
- July 12th: KCI: 97° New Century: 100°
- July 13th: KCI: 84° New Century: 88°
- July 14th: KCI: 89° New Century: 93°
- July 15th: KCI: 93° New Century: 97°
- July 16th: KCI: 93° New Century: 99°
- July 17th: KCI: 95° New Century: 99°
- July 18th: KCI: 95° New Century: 99°
Our definition of a heat wave is at least three consecutive days with high temperatures of 95° or higher. KCI Airport is the official recording station for the Kansas City metro area and at this location there was a small heat wave from the 10th – 12th. And, today will be our third day in a row with 95°+ heat at KCI. The problem is that this is just the beginning of a rather long and strengthening heat wave. Other locations have been hotter within the metro area as you can also see above at New Century Airport in Gardner, KS. It has been much worse just to our southwest. Oklahoma City has been 100° or higher every day this month with the exception of July 12th when it was 98° just before they had 2.91″ of rain, their only day with rain this month. Dallas, TX has been 100 degrees every day this month except for the 1st of July. Topeka and Wichita have had many 100 degree days as well. Weak cold fronts have made it through Kansas City this summer. Will the next couple of fronts make it here or not. It is something we will go over tonight on our weathercasts on NBC Action News. Here is a graphic we made yesterday showing two possible cool downs. A weak front will stall north of us Thursday, and then a slightly stronger one may drop into Kansas and Missouri onew week from now. And, then the likely stronger one around the first week of August.
The heat wave may get a brief break between now and August 1st, but a real ending to this very hot weather pattern may not arrive until early August when confidence is high that the part of the cycling weather pattern that brought the Tuskaloosa Alabama tornado and massive tornado outbreak returns in it’s late summer form. For more on this likely change go to the LRC weather blog by clicking here: LRC Weather Blog
Have a great day!