Temperatures to be cooler all week

By Leah Wankum - [email protected]

By Leah Wankum

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After the slight risk for severe weather passed through Pettis County Monday morning, temperatures are looking to hover in the 80s all week. Sedalia and Pettis County were in a flash flood watch until 1 p.m. Monday.

The National Weather Service defines a slight risk of severe weather as indicating a 15 percent change of tornado activity, winds higher than 58 mph and hail 1 inch in diameter or larger.

Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Clippert said Tuesday looks to be a dry day, but the area might have more rain Wednesday.

“Conditions are right because we’ve had so much rain,” Clippert said. “It’s running off into streets. I was out (Monday) morning when it was really coming down. When I was on my way back home, I was looking at the roads. It was running down the sides but not like a couple weeks ago. We’ve had a few dry days now that it’s allowed to soak that up a bit.”

The National Weather Service measures rainfall across the country and shows statistics on its website. Clippert said Sedalia and Pettis County received around 25 inches of rain in the last 120 days.

“In the last 30 days, it appears we’ve gotten around six inches,” he said. “This is not 100 percent accurate because July 1 we had seven inches in two different storms that one day… but it’s not far off.”

Clippert said the next few days should be fairly dry and temperatures are supposed to be a little lower than they’ve been.

“Humidity levels here, it’s probably still going to be warmer than what is normal but it looks to be pleasant,” he said. “It should be a little more comfortable because our temperatures are going to stay in the 80s this week.

“Temperatures won’t be too bad. Highs will be in the mid-80s, and on Thursday we’ll hit 90 if we’re lucky.”

Leah Wankum can be reached at 660-826-1000 or @leahwankum.

Sedalia Democrat

Leah Wankum can be reached at 660-826-1000 or @leahwankum.

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