Hot, dry weather for Independence Day weekend and beyond

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The hot, humid weather pattern that's blanketing Iowa right now will be with us through the long Independence Day weekend.

"We are expecting mostly dry conditions, though there may be a few isolated thunderstorms over Northern Iowa over the weekend. Highs are going to be in the upper 80's to low 90's with heat index values in the 90's to 100 at times" says National Weather Service Meteorologist Rod Donovan.

He says it looks like this stretch of hot, dry weather will be sticking around for awhile.

"A large high pressure system over the Desert Southwest and Four Corners area is stretching up into Iowa, and that will keep a lot of the cool air up to our north and west" Donovan says.

It's not just going to be hot across Iowa for the next couple of weeks--Donovan says it's also going to be dry.

"The next 10 days, even the next 15 days there's some models out there that say those areas will get less than a half-inch of rain the entire time. That's something we're going to be watching the entire time, in addition to the warm weather." he says.

The National Drought Monitor shows some parts Central, Western, Northwest, and Southwest are abnormally dry right now.

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