Hot through the weekend with slightly cooler temps starting next week

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Warm and muggy conditions will persist into Friday and through Saturday, across most of Missouri and eastern Kansas. Portions of far northern Missouri will see slightly cooler temperatures for Saturday and Sunday. By early next week, a slight reprieve from the heat will be more widespread, with heat indices likely topping out in the middle 90s. Far northwestern Missouri could see some thunderstorms Friday evening, into the overnight hours. An isolated strong storm is possible, but widespread severe weather is not anticipated. Here’s the 7-day forecast from the National Weather Service:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 96. Heat index values as high as 100. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning.

Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Heat index values as high as 97. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 88.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.

Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.