Sunshine returns with hotter weather on the way

We’re tracking a return to summertime heat and humidity just in time for…The Fourth. It’s only fitting, right? However, high temperatures will only make it into the lower/middle 80s this afternoon. For some context, our average high temperature for this time of the year is up to 89°. Despite ‘below average’ high temperatures today, it will FEEL much warmer. Humidity levels will begin to rise as winds ‘veer’ and become more southerly this afternoon. Not to mention, Topeka tied a record yesterday for the ‘coolest high temperature’ for that day (July 3rd) in history…71°. Have the shades on, BBQ’s ignited and sunblock handy today!

We’re still tracking much hotter weather on the way, as early as tomorrow. Things are only going to heat up from here. You’ll be headed back to work after the long holiday weekend with highs approaching 100° – but it’s going to feel even hotter. The humidity levels will be downright ‘soupy’ tomorrow as heat index values (what it will actually feel like outside) hangout around 110°. Arguably, the next few overnights will feel even worse. In fact, we’re tracking unpleasant sleeping weather with sticky lows in the middle/upper 70s through Friday morning. Time to crank the A/C again!

Showers and storms could return as early as Wednesday, but as of right now the BEST chance for rain this week should hold off until Friday. A lot can change between now and then, so we’ll continue tracking the potential for late-week showers and storms. The immediate ‘weather story’ will remain the return of the scorching July heat and high humidity levels. Stay tuned.

Have a safe and reflective holiday!

– KSNT Storm Track Meteorologist Kyle Borchert

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