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Hottest Day Of The Year-Today

Watching for storms tonight...
Published: Jul. 29, 2021 at 2:55 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2021 at 5:38 AM CDT
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Warmer temperatures starting off today in the low 70s with a few isolated upper 60s possible. The cooler temps will remain east of the Mississippi River which is where dense fog will for during the predawn hours. Light/patchy fog may form west of the Mississippi. Today will be the hottest day of the year thus far! Mostly sunny skies and southerly winds will assist in high temperatures reaching the upper 90s to low 100s. Heat index values will range from 105-110F. This has allowed a heat advisory to be in place from 10AM through 8PM today. Take precautions if you have to be outside today.

Tonight, a cold front will push closer to our northern counties. This will allow areas in southern Illinois to be under a risk for a few strong/severe storms with the main threat of damaging winds. Hail and heavy rain could also occur. The timeline of this will be late Thursday into early Friday.

As the cold front moves through the Heartland Friday, this will bring cooler air to our northern counties and hotter conditions to most of southeast Missouri. Additional storms possible over the weekend with another front arriving Sunday. After this second system, we look to be a lot more comfortable and cooler by next week.

-Lisa

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