For the first time since September of last year, the reading at KCI climbed to 97° today. So far, that is the official high temperature. It’s possible there was a spike and if there was, I will update this post. But for now, according to the NWS, 97° is the high and that means it’s the hottest day we’ve seen this year.
So did it *feel* that hot outside today? Our heat index readings made it to around 104°. But here’s the kicker: our dew points are running about 8-10° COOLER today. Ah, now suddenly us hitting 97° makes sense. Remember, the dew point is a good indication of how much moisture is in the atmosphere (don’t confuse it with relative humidity). On Friday, we had dew points in the middle 70s. Today, our dew points were in the lowers 70s and fell to the middle 60s by the afternoon. What difference does this make on how hot it gets? A lot!
If you put the heat on high and boil that pot of water, it will take some time. Depending on how much water and how big the pot is, it could be 10 to fifteen minutes, easily.
Now let’s say you take the same pot and use the same heat setting, but you only put a small amount of water into that pot:
That water will heat up fast. Why? Pretty obvious: there was less water to bring to a boil. So to bring this back around to weather, the atmosphere full of moisture. The dew point helps us to know how much. When the dew point is lower, it does not take as much time to heat things up. That’s what happened today; more or less. We had ample sunshine, lower dew points and it lead to some hot temperatures.
While this will help make it feel less miserable outside, our highs will still be in the middle 90s through Tuesday. Once we get the middle of the week, we’ll be tracking a system that looks to truly give us a break from the heat. Plus, it could bring some welcome rain to the area too.
In the meantime, we have small heat-of-the-day chances for rain and t-storms. I could also see some overnight storms getting close to the area Monday morning; something similar to what we saw a couple of days ago. But again, the best chances for more widespread rain hold off until Wednesday night into Thursday.
And we’ll be wishing it was warm again. Ah, the joys of weather in the Central Plains.
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