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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
540 PM CDT Wed Jul 19 2017

I do not think it really needs to be said, but it was a hot and
uncomfortable one around much of the state today. Highs often reached
into the mid 90s, with even a few upper 90s including Des Moines and
the Omaha Council Bluffs area. Any guesses what the heat index values
reached? If you can believe it, they were not quite as bad as they
could have been. Most areas were around 100, while western Iowa and
eastern Iowa were primarily in the 100-1005 range. Not much change as
of early this evening, hot and uncomfortable conditions remain. The
lone exception to that though is northern and northeast Iowa where a
series of severe storms have and continue to roll through producing
damaging winds and heavy rainfall. In their wake are much more
pleasant conditions though.

The broken record to end the week continues. Hot, humid, and
uncomfortable. Highs will continue to be well into the 90s from
roughly Highway 20 south, along with dew points that will often push
heat index values over 100 degrees. Relief is on the horizon, but not
until the latter half of the weekend when a cold front will drop dew
points and temperatures into much more comfortable territory. For
those looking for rain, scattered thunderstorms will be the best bet
in the hottest areas, while northern Iowa may see another round of
thunderstorms or two before the end of the week.


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