Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

July 9, 2013

Severe risk returns Tuesday


OTTUMWA — Southeast Iowa could see some rough weather today.

The entire state is at a slight risk of severe weather, according to the Storm Prediction Center, as a system moves through the upper Midwest. Strong winds and hail are expected to be the main threats from the storms.

The chance of storms during the day is a toss-up, with a 50 percent chance. But they're expected as night falls; the chance overnight is 70 percent. Up to a half-inch of rain is expected across much of the area.

There is good news. The front moving through today and tonight will bring relief from the first sustained heat of the summer. Forecasters expect southeast Iowa to see a heat index above 100 on Tuesday with a high of 92. Wednesday's forecast high is a much cooler 84.

The National Weather Service expects seasonal temperatures in the 80s to remain through the weekend, with temperatures creeping back toward 90 early next week.