Chance for rain to continue with closer to normal temps

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Live 830pm Update:

Chance for the scattered mainly afternoon storm to stay in the forecast.  Temperatures to stay close to normal.  Rain threat to decrease for Fourth of July fireworks.

Tuesday was another hot day around the Arklatex but wasn’t as hot in most places.  The day began with a mix of sunshine and clouds and temperatures in the mid 70s.  Look for scattered showers and thunderstorms that developed during the heat of the afternoon to gradually decrease Tuesday evening. Models indicate that the southern half of the area could receive more than an inch of rain in a few isolated spots.  The rain will likely be much less widespread over SE OK, NE TX, and SW AR.  These areas should expect rainfall totals to be less than 1/4″. 

If you have been missed by the scattered showers and thunderstorms today, you still have hope.  Upper level high pressure will be centered further north during the next week.  This will allow the chance for the scattered mainly afternoon thunderstorms to stay in the forecast each and every day.  Most days the chance will be rather low, but we will see a few disturbances move from east to west along the bottom of the high.  That may slightly increase rain chances early this weekend and again early next week.   Long range models indicate that 1/2 to one inch of rain will be possible over the northern half of the area and 1 to 2.5″ will be possible over the southern half of the area.

Temperatures in the week ahead will stay pretty close to normal.  Expect highs to mainly be in the low to mid 90s.  Lows will mainly be in the mid 70s.

Average High/Low for today’s date:  93/72.

–Todd Warren 

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