Thunderstorms to give way to hot, dry weather in Lawrence

After three days of storms dropped more than 5 inches of rain on Lawrence, the first full week of summer will be hot and dry.

Bill Gargan, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Topeka, said the moist Gulf air that settled Friday over Lawrence triggered a train of storms Saturday night and Sunday morning that produced 2.83 inches of rain locally. That brought the total amount of rainfall recorded Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the National Weather Service station at Lawrence Municipal Airport to 5.37 inches, he said.

The Gulf air was pushed out of the area Sunday morning, which was expected to end the threat of another round of thunderstorms Sunday evening, Gargan said.

The coming week will be hot, with Monday’s forecast predicting a high in the mid-80s, Gargan said. Afternoon highs will climb to the mid-90s by Friday and Saturday, with humidity adding about 2 degrees to the heat index, he said. The only possibility of rain will be from scattered nighttime thunderstorms.

That is a welcome forecast after the recent heavy rains. The Friday, Saturday and Sunday storms increased Lawrence’s official rainfall total to 6.12 inches for June and 26.07 inches for the year, Gargan said. That is 1.88 inches more than normal for the month and 7.94 inches more than normal for the year.

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