First week of summer brings heat and humidity
Friday marked the first day of astronomical summer, also known as the longest day of the year.
The next week's weather pattern is very typical of this time of year, with high pressure dominating most of the Midwest, and localized upper-air disturbances riding along the high-pressure ridge.
The state of Missouri will be underneath this ridge of high pressure for at least the next week, with southerly winds pumping in lots of moisture into the lower atmosphere.
Any chances of rain will be "popcorn" type thunderstorms that form in the afternoon heat, with the better chances being Friday night, Saturday, and later next week towards Thursday and Friday.
High temperatures will be in the low 90s all week, with morning lows in the 70s.
Dew points will also be in the 60s and 70s, creating heat indices in the 95-100 degree range.
With summer finally upon us, it's important to remember some basic heat safety rules.
1) Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and/or sports drinks, especially if you're going to be outside.
2) Wear light-weight, light-colored clothing.
3) Take breaks frequently and avoid strenuous activities.
4) Wear sunblock, sunglasses, and/or a hat to protect yourself from sunburn.
5) Check on elderly neighbors or relatives.
6) Remember your pets. Make sure they have shade, cool water, and don't leave them in the car. Temperatures in a vehicle can rise quickly in a matter of minutes.
Click here for the latest radar, forecast, and temperatures from the KRCG 13 StormVision Weather Team.