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Record warmth expected Thursday afternoon with 80s

With decreasing high clouds and increasing southerly winds, temperatures should reach well into the 80s, breaking records set back in 2012.

June-like weather has arrived early with highs expected to reach the 80s this afternoon. Many of us are expecting new records to be set across the southern Plains.

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THURSDAY FORECAST

  • Highs in the 80s
  • Decreasing clouds
  • South winds up to 15 MPH (gusts up to 25 MPH)
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Most of the southern Plains and Ozarks will have above-average warmth this afternoon. Eventually cooler air towards our north will arrive Friday night, sparking a few storms. Most of the severe storms should stay north in Kansas and Missouri.

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SEVERE ZONES - FRIDAY EVENING

Storms will move SW to NE with the strongest storms staying in Oklahoma and north into Kansas and Missouri.

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-Matt