Saturday storms tame the heat, but heat turns up on Sunday

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For one more day, scattered showers and thunderstorms will help to tame our August heat. Not everyone will get rain, but those of us who do will ease the most intense heat of the day.

This evening's showers and thunderstorms will gradually fade away. After about 7 PM, only a stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Mostly we will be drying out by then. That's good news for the Ralph Morgan Rodeo, which starts at 7:30 PM. We are optymistic that we will clear out the rain in time for the rodeo. The stands are covered for spectators, so if it's just rain there's no problem. If you can see lightning or hear thunder, you'll need to find shelter indoors or in a vechile that is not a convertable.

Saturday's heat will be on the high side again, but we will grow even hotter on Sunday and hotter still on Monday and Tuesday. Saturday will start with mid-70s and warm into the low-to-mid 90s. Heat indices will be around 100-105. If any of our showers and thunderstorms find you, temperatures in your area can cool 10-15 degrees into the upper 70s and lower 80s. The showers and thunderstorms will begin increasing between noon and 2 PM. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will still be with us from 4 PM to 6 PM, then they will gradually diminish through 7:30-8:00 PM. There's a small chance a shower or thunderstorm may be around for the start of the Ralph Morgan Rodeo on Saturday evening, but any lingering activity will fade to an end quickly.

Showers and thunderstorms will decrease in coverage on Sunday. That means you are less likely to get rained on and less likely to feel any relief from the intense heat. Temperatures will start climbing. Highs on Sunday will be in the mid-90s with heat indices of 102-107. Monday and Tuesday will be even hotter: highs will be nearing 100 degrees with heat indices as high as 110-115. Showers and thunderstorms will begin increasing again on Wednesday, helping to ease the heat for the second half of next week.