Warm, windy, then possible severe storms

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - After a beautiful spring day Saturday, Heartland weather will be more active over the next couple of days.

Sunday, the Heartland will be between a strong surface high over the southeastern U.S. and a strong low over the plains. In addition, a strong upper trough will be approaching from the west. This will result in very strong south to southwest winds most of Sunday and Sunday night.

Current indications are that steady winds of 20 to 40 mph will develop throughout the day with a chance of wind gusts of 50 mph or more at times.   Wind advisories and Red Flag warnings are in effect for the region.

By later in the day, and into the evening very humid air will be blowing into the Heartland from the southwest. This sets the stage for a chance of strong to severe thunderstorms from late Sunday through mid-day Tuesday as a cold front moves through the region.

The Storm Prediction Center has the Heartland listed under a slight risk of severe storms for Sunday night through Monday. Large hail and damaging winds are the greatest threats with this system.

After a very warm day Sunday, much chillier air will be blowing into the Heartland behind Monday's strong cold front with afternoon temperatures falling into the 50s and 40s.

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