Sunny, Warm and Windy Today… Changes Ahead

Cloudy with scattered showers in the morning, gradual clearing through the afternoon. Cooler. High: 65°. Wind: South becoming north by noon 15-25 mph, decreasing to 5-15 mph by late afternoon.

Our stretch of 20+ degree above average days will end today, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There is still plenty of gorgeous autumn weather to come.

Today will be sunny and warm, but also very windy. High temps will range from the upper 70s in the Sioux Falls area to the low to mid 80s across central and western South Dakota. Unfortunately the wind will be a bit of a pain today. South wind will gust to between 30 and 40 mph throughout much of the day.

The heat, wind and dry conditions will crank up the grassland fire danger potential. Don’t burn and be careful when working in dry farm fields today. Keep an eye on your machinery and do a double check to be sure you know where your fire extinguishers are, that they’re working and that you know how to use them.

A cold front will zip across the Dakotas tonight, bringing a chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight into tomorrow. our best chance for rain in Sioux Falls will be late this evening through tonight and into tomorrow morning. While Sioux Falls and places along and west of I-29 will gradually clear throughout the day tomorrow, scattered showers and thunderstorms will redevelop across parts of Minnesota and Iowa tomorrow afternoon. A few strong to severe storms are possible across south-central to southeastern Minnesota and central Iowa tomorrow.

Behind the front we will be dry but cooler. High temps will drop to the mid 60s on Saturday and Sunday. Next week will be dry with high temps bouncing around in the 50s to 60s.