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    Unrelenting Heat Across Southern Plains

    By Dave Samuhel, Senior Meteorologist
    August 08, 2012, 2:55:00 PM EDT

    The scorching hot summer of 2012 continues. More record high temperatures will be set this week.

    The core of the heat will be centered over the southern Plains. Sure, its an area that is used to hot temperatures this time of year. But, it will be hot even by their standards.

    It seems we have been tracking record heat almost each day since the start of summer. Record high temperatures have been set anywhere from the Rockies to the East Coast this summer. Des Moines, Iowa set their first record high in July since the 1950s!

    Who will have the hottest temperatures and when? The table below breaks down specific cities and their expected high temperatures this week.

    City Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri.
    Oklahoma City 106 108 112 110 110
    Dallas 104 105 106 106 106
    Wichita 111 107 111 108 107
    Kansas City 102 103 104 103 98

    We are forecasting multiple days above 110 degrees in Oklahoma City and Wichita. The all time record high for any day of the year stands at 113 in Oklahoma City and 114 in Wichita. So nearing that temperature is not out of the real of possibility.

    If it does in fact reach 110 or higher in Oklahoma City Wednesday through Friday. That would tie the record for most days in a year above 110 degrees. That record was set in 1936, and tied just last year.


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    Further north in places like Kansas City, Omaha, and Des Moines, the heat will be tempered somewhat. There will be clusters of thunderstorms that move around the high pressure that will be centered over Oklahoma. The hope is some of these storms bring much needed rain to the major crop areas from the central Plains into the Midwest. But, it will likely not be enough to provide significant drought relief.

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