Another record-breaking day of warmth is in the forecast with highs into the 70s and 80s this afternoon. First, we broke many records yesterday including one in Sioux Falls. Today should be no different, with a record again on the table for Sioux Falls at 80. 78 in Aberdeen would not only be a record, it would be the earliest temperature above 75 on record. The warmth will also lead to high fire danger in central and western KELOLAND with red flag warnings in effect for both Pierre and Rapid City.
The weekend is still looking very warm and even more humid in the southeast. Areas with the higher dewpoints will be subject to some low clouds or fog both Saturday and Sunday morning. Afternoon highs will rebound into the 70s both days with a few 80s again in central KELOLAND.
South winds will increase on Sunday, followed by chances of showers and thunderstorms on Monday. Some of those storms may become strong, a trend we will be following. We also could have some areas of heavy rain. An area of low pressure will be cut-off from the main jet stream flow across Oklahoma and Arkansas early in the week and may drift north to give us more rain after Monday. That’s another trend that could keep temperatures down in the 50s, which is still above normal. I think we’ll have a good chance of returning to the 60s and 70s late next week with no sign of any big cold snaps anytime soon.