Central South Dakota To See Near 100 Degree Heat By End Of The Week

(KWAT) — It may not be knee-high by the Fourth of July, but a corn crop that went in later than usual this spring due to wet weather will get a big boost this week. Forecaster Mike Connolly says it’s going to get hot…

“The pattern is going to change pretty significantly to a very summer-like rich. Our chances of moisture will go way down. There might be one or two opportunities for some elevated convection but generally it looks like a dry pattern and we’re just looking at the temperatures ramping up. They’ll probably top out in the upper 70’s today. Then we’re going to go into the 80’s for the middle of the week. We might top 90 by the end of the week and for the weekend.”

And it’ll be humid too…

“It’s going to feel very sultry with heat indexes probably close to a hundred.”

It’s the first significant pattern change in what’s been a cool, wet spring…

“This will be our first stretch where we’re seeing that hot daytime temperatures and it not really cooling off much at night and being humid enough where it’s oppressive.”

It looks this hot spell will last for more than just a day or two…

“Well, into the foreseeable future, we don’t normally forecast out past seven days and we’re seeing it mostly through that seven day period.”

Air temperatures in the central part of South Dakota are expected to increase to near 100 plus heat index by the end of the week.