Severe storms through the evening, then cooler Friday
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Severe thunderstorms are expected through the evening. Initially the hail will be the primary threat, ranging from quarter to baseball size. Storms will then congeal into a line, which will shift the threat to damaging winds. Gusts of 80+ mph are likely for those out on the plains in South Dakota. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out, but the best chance for one is up in northeast Montana and northwest North Dakota this evening. Storms should move out by midnight and skies will clear up as we approach morning. Once the cold front moves through, things are going to get pretty windy for much of the area with gusts of 50 mph or higher.
Winds will weaken through the morning hours Friday. It will be sunny with comfortable temperatures taking over. Highs will be in the 70s for much of the area with some upper 60s in the higher elevations of the hills and a few near 80° out toward the Badlands. Enjoy the cooler air as much as you can because the heat will return quickly over the weekend.
Sunshine and dry weather will continue Saturday and Sunday. The hot weather returns, too. Highs will be near 90° Saturday and heat up to the mid 90s by Sunday. The heat isn’t going anywhere. We will have highs in the 90s for the first half of next week. There is the potential we could flirt with our first 100° day on Wednesday. As of now I am calling for the upper 90s, but it will be something we watch closely. Temperatures look to slowly return to the 80s for the end of next week. Storm chances are pretty minimal over the next seven days.
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