The local mid-week forecast includes chances for a thunderstorm complex to drop enough rain to cause flash flooding.
Precipitation chances are expected to increase late Tuesday into Wednesday as a system approaches the state from the northwest, according to the National Weather Service. Formation of a related complex of thunderstorms appears likely. Depending on the motion and coverage heavy rainfall may lead to flash flooding especially Wednesday into Thursday.
Edmond’s current forecast includes a 60 percent thunderstorms likely chance Wednesday, Wednesday night and Thursday.
In Monday’s Mesonet Ticker, Gary McManus, state climatologist with the Oklahoma Mesonet and the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, wrote that some areas will see more, some less, but the general pattern is for lots of rain.
“And we all know the more it rains in the summer, the more mild that summer becomes,” McManus stated.
And after highs Sunday hovered near the 100-degree mark, temperatures will be cooling to near 81 Tuesday, 74 Wednesday and Thursday and 83 Friday. Slight chances of showers and thunderstorms are in the weekend forecast.
The rain chances come on the heels of recent rainfall that has helped ease the drought situation.
Oklahoma areas experiencing exceptional drought — the highest level on the U.S. Drought Monitor’s 5-level intensity scale — have fallen from 7 percent last year to 3 percent this year, and the area of extreme drought — the next to highest level — has fallen from 22 percent last year to 13 percent.
The drought maps are released every Thursday.
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