Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

First Alert Weather Day Monday: A few severe storms possible

First Alert Weather Day Monday: A few severe storms possible

SUNDAY: A partly cloudy and relatively rain free day is likely as we get in between weather systems.

A cold front will pass through the state on Monday, bringing in cooler temperatures, cloud cover and widespread showers. Scattered showers should increase again during the afternoon, with a line of heavier showers and storms likely approaching from the west toward evening, as a cold front approaches from that direction.

Rain chances will increase for the eastern plains during the heart of the afternoon as highs stay in the low 90s. Lows on Thursday night will range from the upper 40s to low 50s. That's because the more days it rains, there's less of a chance of the increasingly saturated ground being able to soak up that rain.

Salina and the surrounding area should be getting a break from the usual hot, dry weather of July, according to the National Weather Service office in Wichita (NWS-W). Storms should clear El Paso, Pueblo and western Las Animas counties generally after 5pm and move east and southeast to the Kansas border. This will eventually set us up for a more traditional summer pattern with afternoon and evening thunderstorms coming from the east. Friday and Saturday will be transitioning to this pattern which will be in place by Saturday. Highs through Wednesday will only warm into the mid to upper 80s.

By next weekend we'll be back to scattered storms and temperatures in the 80s. Damaging wind gusts and hail would be the biggest threats in the strongest storms. This could be the most active time in terms of flash flood warnings and torrential downpours with an inch or two per hour rainfall rates.

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