Despite some of the news coverage warning about the big heat wave this holiday weekend, it now appears that the weather won't be that drastically hot.
The high temperature on Saturday is expected to reach 95°F at Cape Girardeau with a heat index of around 98. Sunday will bring more of the same, with a high of 94°F combined with slightly more humidity to produce a heat index topping out near 100.
July 4th is projected to be cooler with a high of 91°F. That's only slightly above average for this time of year.
Chances for scattered thunderstorms will re-enter the picture on Sunday, with daily 20-30 percent chances running through at least Thursday.
Long range forecasts
The 6-10 and 8-14 day forecasts are calling for above-average temperatures, but also above-average rainfall.
The latest 1-month and 3-month forecasts are inconclusive, putting most of the Midwest in a neutral zone for both temperatures and precipitation. So we're likely to have an average, run-of-the-mill summer, which will be a nice departure from the Floodfest and Tornadoclysm we had during the spring.