Regional Weather Summary
Issued by NWS Des Moines, IA
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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
602 PM CDT Thu Jul 21 2016
Today was the hottest day so far during this recent stretch heat.
Highs across the state reached into the 90s with much of central
and southern Iowa in the mid to upper 90s. While already bad
enough in the 90s, dew points approaching 80 boosted heat index
values well above 105 and near 115 at times. While hot and muggy,
breezy southerly winds around 15 to 20 mph helped easy some of the
oppressiveness. As of early this evening, conditions remained
unpleasant state wide with heat index values remaining in excess
of 105 and even 110 in many locations.
While the next couple of days will remain hot across much of the
state, heat index values will likely not reach what was seen
today. Values in excess of 105 will remain common, especially
through central and southern Iowa. More tangible relief will being
to move into the state late Saturday, eventually dropping highs
Sunday predominantly down into the 80s and into the new work week.
Showers and storms will be limited the next few days, though
chances will clip portions of the state each of the next few days.
Currently, the northern two thirds of the state has the best
opportunity to see a storms through the weekend.