Heat Wave Continues

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - While the heat wave will continue in the Heartland for next few days, it appears there may be relief in sight.

The strong jet-stream level high-pressure area that has been parked over the nation's midsection will remain in place through the upcoming week.  The hottest conditions will continue to be over the central and southern plains, but the Heartland will continue to suffer as well.

The hottest period of the upcoming week looks to be from Monday through Wednesday.

By the end of the week the ridge may weaken enough to allow for slightly lower temperatures and an increasing chance of thunderstorms.

Because the mid-Mississippi Valley will be east of the high center,  a light northerly flow aloft may blow in some slightly drier air over the next couple days.  So although afternoon temperatures will probably reach the mid to upper 90s, slightly lower afternoon dew points may keep heat indices down just a bit.

Nonetheless, heat advisories and warnings are still likely and there will be very little chance of rain.

Longer-range forecasts are indicating a slight cooling trend by the weekend and into next week.

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