CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Iowa's News Now) — Summer is coming to eastern Iowa in full force this week -- with heat, humidity, and the chance for storms.
Ahead of a cold front today we'll be feeling the heat. Temperatures will climb into the 80s, aided by south winds gusting as high as 45 mph at times. Additionally it will be sticky with dew points rising to summerlike levels that we haven't experienced in months!
With the combination of heat and humidity, instability will grow in eastern Iowa. However, there will be warm air in the upper levels, known as a cap, that will likely prevent storms from forming in the afternoon. Storms will most likely develop ahead of the cold front after 7 pm.
If storms develop any earlier, the tornado risk would be increased. With the later storms, damaging winds and hail will be most likely. Even with storms moving through after sunset, there will be an immense amount of energy and instability in the atmosphere.
Make sure you have multiple ways to get warnings, including the Iowa's News Now WX app, a weather radio, and through tv/radio.