The pattern we called the summer ridge is firmly taking its hold on the mid-section of the country. This pattern is one in which the jetstream pattern is flowing north of us in large ridge over the Plains. This steers all weather systems too far north to impact Kansas, but also allows for heat to build beneath it.
As the pattern shifts slightly east, so will the higher humidity–allowing us to dry out slightly, but that also allows the higher temperatures to move in later in the week.
The computer models have been in good agreement that this pattern will be in place for the majority of the remainder of July and perhaps into early August, as well. That means hot and periodically muggy weather will be here during that same time period. No surprise, a quick calendar check shows we are hitting the peak of summer right on cue.
-Storm Track Chief Meteorologist Matt Miller