Another mainly quiet morning in the area with skies ranging from mostly clear in the north to mostly cloudy in the south. Isolated showers were moving through the southern part of the MO Bootheel this morning on the northern edge of a weakening southern weather system, but most of the region was dry. Pre-dawn air temps ranged from the U50s to the U60s, though Dyersburg was the warm spot at 70.
Little significant change is expected today as our 'cool' pattern gradually fades and we slowly warm back up. Our warming trend started yesterday with Carbondale and Paducah both seeing official highs in the mid 80s....and overall today should be just a hair warmer and more humid than the last couple of days but still not bad for the first day of August. Isolated showers still look possible, especially in southern sections, but the overall trend continues dry.
The upcoming weekend is looking less cool than our recent weather but still pretty nice for early August...with warm and mainly dry afternoons and mild nights. Highs look to be in the mid to upper 80s but dew points only in the 60s, which is higher than recently but still rather moderate for summer in the Heartland. By next week we'll be back closer to 'normal' with highs around 90....and dew points sneaking back closer to 70.
The overall trend, as noted, continues to be pretty dry. Very slight chances of rain today and tomorrow...and then little chance at all until late next week when a stronger system is still expected to approach from the west.
A quick climate note: preliminary July numbers show that this will end up as the coolest July on record for Cape Girardeau...about 5 degrees below average. Looking forward, however, early indications are that August will not give us the same pattern..and may actually be a bit warmer than average at least for the next week or two....
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