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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
1046 AM CDT Mon Jul 17 2017

It was another morning with quite the spread of comfort. Roughly the
southwest half of the state was on the warm side this morning with
lows only into the lower 70s, while the northeast half saw 60s and
even a few upper 50s. Skies were also mostly clear except for a ribbon
of stratus that slowly moved through parts of western and central
Iowa. By late this morning, most of the cloud cover had either burned
off or was in the process of dissipating. Temperatures had risen into
the mid 80s in the west, while 70s dominated from roughly Interstate
35 and on east.

As if it has not been said enough, this week is going to be hot and
uncomfortable for most. Highs will soar into the mid 90s from roughly
Highway 30 on south, with the hottest days looking to be Wednesday and
Thursday, where upper 90s will be seen in a number of spots. Tie in
dew points in the 70s and heat index values will easily eclipse 100
from Interstate 80 south and around 100 from Fort Dodge on south much
of the week. Northern Iowa should be spared much of the extreme heat,
but will still be a bit uncomfortable with heat index values in the
low to mid 90s. Cooler temperatures do look to move in, but not until
the end of the weekend and start of next week.

In the mean time, what about rain? A few opportunities for rain exist,
but primarily on the northern and eastern edges of the area where the
heat already will not be the most extreme. The best wide spread chance
for rain will push through late tonight and early tomorrow, but once
again looks to be best over northern areas versus southern.


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