EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING is in effect
Good morning bloggers,
A very hot weather pattern will continue until further notice. The hottest temperatures will be reached if there are no clouds and the least likely day for clouds will arrive next week as the huge anticyclone comes right overhead. Today, we have a few clouds, but they will dissipate in the next couple of hours. A very weak front will be approaching the area on Thursday and just ahead of this front will be some compressional heating allowing for maximizing of temperatures. So, again if there are no clouds Thursday we could jump to above 105° and possibly approach 110° in some spots. The weak front will move through providing some slight cooling Friday into Saturday before the upper high builds right over us this weekend.
Thinking of rain chances? There is decent chance that a few thunderstorms will form during the next 24 to 36 hours, but they will be somewhat isolated. We will go over the details of this possibility and we will be tracking the developing anticyclone and showing the weak front approaching on 41 Action News today and tonight.
Today is day five of the current heat wave. Heat Wave #2 of 2012:
- Saturday, July 14: 97°
- Sunday, July 15: 98°
- Monday, July 16: 97°
- Tuesday, July 17: 100°
- Wednesday, July 18: 105?
Kansas City has had only seven days in recorded weather history that have had a high temperature of 110° or higher. The last time it hit 110° was in 1954:
- 113° was the hottest temperature ever recorded on August 14, 1936
- 112° was the second hottest temperature ever recorded on July 13, 1954
- 111° was reached on July 14th and July 18th in 1954
- 110° was reached on August 13th and 15th in 1936, and July 24, 1934
I found this satellite picture from 8:45 PM last night. And, the sun likely was setting behind a cumulonimbus cloud over far western Kansas:
Please check on your neighbors and make sure air conditioners are working. Check on the elderly and try to take your dogs for walks early in the day. This is a dangerous heat wave that is growing in strength. Thank you for spending a few minutes on the Action Weather Blog. Let us know if you have any questions or comments.