Intense summer heat has returned to Oklahoma and will stick around for the next several days.

The National Weather Service said an upper-level ridge of high pressure will continue building eastward into the region, limiting thunderstorm development and fueling triple-digit heat in many areas.

A weak cold front will try to make a run at northern Oklahoma early Tuesday, but storm chances won't be great.

On Monday, skies were partly to mostly cloudy early as thunderstorms moved through the state from the north. When the clouds and rain left, temperatures soared, ranging from 88 degrees in Mount Herman in southeast Oklahoma to 105 degrees in Buffalo and Freedom, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet.

Other triple-digit highs included 103 degrees in Alva, Cherokee and Woodward; 102 degrees in Clinton and Enid; 101 degrees in Altus, Breckinridge, Fairland, Gage, Hobart, Lawton and Walters and 100 degrees in Frederick, Grandfield, Guthrie, Ponca City and Tipton.

The temperature peaked at 98 degrees in Guymon and Oklahoma City and reached 99 degrees in Bartlesville, Stillwater and Tulsa, the weather service said.

Skies should be partly to mostly sunny on Tuesday, with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the Oklahoma Panhandle during the day and a slight chance for northern Oklahoma Tuesday night.

Temperatures should reach the 90s and low 100s before falling into the 60s and 70s Tuesday night, forecasters said.

Partly cloudy skies will be the rule Wednesday through Saturday with a slight chance of rain for Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Temperatures should again top out in the 90s and low 100s through the period.

Lows should fall into the 60s and 70s Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, according to the weather service.

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