Feelin’ Like August Today, November Tomorrow

If you’ve been holding on for one more chance to wear your favorite shorts, jorts, tank top, summer dress, etc., today is your day. Well, you might want to avoid the dress because it’s going to be really windy, but you get my point. It is going to be a warm, summerlike day. And it’s only today… By tomorrow you’ll be scrambling for your long pants and winter coat.

We will start with clouds and even an isolated shower or thundershower this morning, but by this afternoon it will be sunny, windy and warm. High temps will range from around 80 degrees in Sioux Falls to the upper 80s around Yankton, Vermillion and Sioux City. The wind will switch to the northwest and increase this afternoon. Gusts to between 30 and 40 mph are likely into this evening.

The cold front will move across Central and Northern South Dakota by later this morning and that means cooler high temperatures earlier in the day. Both Aberdeen and Pierre will reach the upper 60s to low 70s with northwesterly wind gusts to between 40 and 50 mph through much of the afternoon and into this evening.

That front will blast through all of South Dakota and half way across Minnesota and Iowa by early evening. Which means that by the time this system starts producing thunderstorms, it should be well east of our KSFY coverage area. There is, however a chance of severe weather across Southeastern Minnesota, Northeastern Iowa and Western Wisconsin later this afternoon into this evening.

Tomorrow will be much, much colder. High temps will be about 30 to 40 degrees colder than they’re going to be today. Clouds will increase by tomorrow afternoon with showers likely tomorrow afternoon and night. We’re looking at about one-quarter inch or less of rain through tomorrow night.

Friday will be mostly cloudy with high temps warming back into the upper 50s. We’ll see some sunshine on Saturday with rain developing late Sunday. Highs will stay in the low to mid 50s through the weekend. We are keeping an eye on a system that could bring measurable rain Sunday night, Monday into Tuesday. Some of our forecast models are suggesting that we could get one to two inches with that system. It’s still early and there’s a lot that can change between now and then, but it’s definitely something we will be watching over the next several days.

Sunny and Comfortable Through the Weekend

High pressure will keep us sunny and comfortable through the rest of the week and the upcoming weekend. Today will be sunny with highs ranging from the mid 70s in Sioux Falls to the upper 70s along the James Valley to the low 80s across Central and Western South Dakota. That is just slightly below our average high temperature for this time of year.

The weekend will be about the same with plenty of sunshine and high temps in the 70s. Central and Western South Dakota will be a bit warmer with highs reaching the mid 80s by Sunday.

The one and only chance of rain on the 7 Day Forecast will come in the form of scattered showers and thunderstorms late Sunday and Sunday night across Central and Northern South Dakota.

Our pattern will begin to shift early next week as southerly flow brings back the heat and humidity. By next Tuesday and Wednesday high temps return to the upper 70s to low 80s in Sioux Falls while much of Central and Western South Dakota soar back into the 90s.

Sunny, 80s and 90s Through the Weekend

Our sunny, warm trend will continue today, tomorrow and through the weekend. High temps will range from the upper 80s in Sioux Falls to the mid 90s across central South Dakota this afternoon. There will likely be a bit of haze in the sky at times today. That haze is smoke from all of the wildfires out west. The smoke won’t have much of an impact on our weather other than giving us beautiful, red/orange sunsets and perhaps limiting our afternoon high temperature by degree or two.

Tomorrow will be sunny and a bit warmer with highs reaching the upper 90s to near 100 degrees across much of central and western South Dakota. That trend will continue through the weekend with sunshine and highs in the 80s to 90s on both Saturday and Sunday.

Temperatures will cool slightly by early next week. Our next chance of showers and thunderstorms will roll in with a system Tuesday night into Wednesday. That’s almost a week away, I’ll have updates on the rain potential as we get closer.