SEASONALLY COOL: A day or two of warm weather is expected to be followed by several cool and pleasant days that will last into the weekend. There is a few isolated rain chances interspersed within the forecast, with rainfall that could be moderate to heavy if one locale happens to get a thunderstorms in the right moment. Otherwise most areas look to get a quarter inch or less over the next 5 days or so.
STATE FAIR: The first few days of the state fair look great in Des Moines. Temperatures will be in the lower to middle 80s from Thursday through at least the weekend with some possible rain Sunday or Monday.
NO EXTREME HEAT FOR A WHILE: The GFS is not showing at least at this time, with a trough over the east and ridge over the west. Then about a week to 10 days from now the pattern shifts to a ridge in the east and trough out west, although the ridge over the east will be nothing like the heat ridge we’ve seen throughout most of July across the area. With this change, we may see more systems coming through bringing some much needed rain to the state. Although as of now, rainfall would be late for the crops, but we could always use the rainfall for other plants and the grass into the fall.