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Andy Foster, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield, says there's a good chance that most areas will see at last some rainfall today...
"We'll see scattered showers and thunderstorms develop especially this afternoon as the front moves into the area, however, as far as significant rainfall, that will be spotty, and, of course, the ongoing drought--any rain will not really last that long, so don't count on a drought buster with this event."
Foster says a weak front with not much cold air behind it will generate the showers and storms across the area today...
"It's been awhile since we've had even this coverage of rain across the area, but unfortunately the air mass behind this front is not that cool, and we'll see temperatures back into the mid 90s to around 100 tomorrow and right on through the weekend into next week."
Areas that receive rain today will get a brief break from the high temperatures, but with moisture in the region, the humidity will be higher so it's going to feel even more uncomfortable outside. A heat advisory is in effect from 10 am to 7 pm.
There's a chance for some severe weather this afternoon. Foster says the main risk will be damaging straight line winds. And he says, with the drought, lightning could be a problem.