Iowans need to get used to the extreme heat, as the long-range forecast shows the steamy temperatures of the past few days will be sticking around. Jim Lee, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, says they’d originally thought we might see a cool-down by Wednesday, but that notion has evaporated.
“We’re not going to see any kind of relief until at least Thursday or Friday when a weak cold front might come into the state,” Lee says. “However, even if that front does push through, the relief would only be modest with above-normal temperatures continuing at least through Saturday.”
An Excessive Heat Warning is posted today into Thursday for all of Iowa as high temps are expected back in the upper 90s, with heat indices topping off around 110 to 115. Lee has a warning, if you have to be outdoors.
Wear light-weight and light-colored clothing, drink plenty of fluids and take frequent breaks in the shade, if possible. Get more on the forecast at weather-dot-gov.
By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City