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November 28, 2012

Warming trend will push Joplin’s temperatures into 70s by weekend

Increasing south to southwesterly winds will cause a big warming trend that starts today.

Highs today will be about 10 degrees warmer than Tuesday. Even warmer conditions are expected from Thursday into the upcoming weekend.

Highs in the low 70s are forecast for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The average high for those days is 53 degrees.

A dry air mass along with the increasing winds will result in elevated fire weather conditions on Thursday. Conditions on Thursday afternoon will support the rapid spread and growth of fires.

Mike Griffin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service station in Springfield, said, “A big ridge of high pressure is sitting on the center part of the country. That’s causing the jet stream to stay far to the north near the Canadian border. That will bottle up the cold air and keep it from coming down.’’

No storm systems are in the immediate forecast for the central part of the nation.

 

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