KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s a helpful rain for many areas this morning, nothing really too heavy with 1/2 inch to 3-plus inches being reported from north to south.

The heaviest rains were in southern Johnson County, Kansas, as well as areas west and southwest of Kansas City. On the Missouri side, areas that are being hit the hardest by the drought have gotten some minor relief, but amounts have been mostly under 1 inch or so… helpful though in a parched landscape.

There will be other chances of rain over the coming days too. The bottom line is that the worst of the heat has broken for now. This week will end up much cooler than average most days. Sort of the reverse of what happened last week.

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Kansas City Forecast:

Today: Rainy this morning with a chance of at least some scattered showers this afternoon. Cool with high only in the 70s.

Tonight: New storms should form overnight. Lows in the 60s.

Tuesday: Occasional showers and perhaps a few storms. Highs struggling again, perhaps only in the 70s.

Wednesday: Variable clouds and muggier with highs well into the 80s.

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Discussion:

Well by now you probably know that we saw our first 100-degree day in four years and our first 101-degree day in 10 years. Saturday was a hot one for sure area wide and the stronger winds we had helped to even push KCI over the 100-degree mark. Yesterday the heat was more focused on the south side of the metro where once again the Olathe, Kansas, area and others south of Interstate 70 get into the upper 90s.

The northside though had rain for awhile yesterday. Temperatures maxed out at 90 degrees before lunch at KCI then came way down in the afternoon with the rain north of I-70.

The south side rains started a bit more in the evening and especially overnight. The rains were heavier on the south side of the metro.

Here are some storm totals so far from north to south through 9 a.m.:

There were some heavier totals which the KC Mesonet are picking up on in southern Douglas/Shawnee County, Kansas. Some reports of over 5 inches have been received near Auburn, Kansas.

Here are some other totals via Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network:

The worst of the drought areas are getting “something” but they need a lot more.

There are other chances coming.

How much more rain will Kansas City get?

The rain-cooled air is quite the contrast to what happened last week and the front that helped to break our heat wave has pushed into the southern Plains.

Even Springfield, Missouri, gets some relief as well after having six straight days in the 100s.

That area is definitely in a more widespread drought scenario than up here.

Here is the latest radar:

It’s also important to note that the rains haven’t hit areas several counties south of the metro. Note the cutoff.

They may have a better chance on Thursday towards the I-44 corridor.

For us, more rain may come overnight, perhaps favoring areas on the north side more than the south side in terms of the heaviest rains. We need to see how this mornings rain alters the atmosphere around the region.

The other big story is the heat break for this week. Average temperatures will be nicely below average and this week is the middle part of the hottest time of the year.

This is the overall seven-day anomaly for temperatures.

Now look at next week:

This is next week

So you can see that a likely reversal is coming for next week. How hot we get remains to be seen, but right now I’m not expecting 100 degrees. Although, 95 degrees will be doable and I do worry more about southern Missouri because of the lack of rain. They really need something decent this week or next week it’s right back to 100 degrees for them.

We’ll need to watch the progress of the upper-level high or heat wave creator that moves into the Plains and where in the Plains it’s setting up. As it re-intensifies, the more extreme heat and humidity will be rebuilding, especially towards the end of next week about 10 days from now.

The feature photo comes from Danny Green from Branson, Missouri.

Joe