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Near triple-digit heat and a few more strong storms to close the week

After two swaths of storms soaked Mid-Missouri on Wednesday, we got a but of a break with much cooler temperatures on Thursday.

The heat and humidity are expected to make a comeback Friday with a cold front to our north, drawing in warm, moist, southerly winds.

There could be a few storms early Friday due to a decaying storm complex that will move across Nebraska and Iowa tonight. Once those clear out, sunshine will begin to really heat us up.

Heat indices will climb into the upper 90s Friday, with available energy for late day storms also jumping off the charts.

Keep in mind, it's important to take breaks and stay hydrated if you have to be outside with the heat index climbing to near triple digits. The UV index will also be between 9 and 10 on Friday, in the very high range. Sunburn times are as little as 15-20 minutes.

As the cold front interacts with very unstable air late Friday afternoon into Friday night, scattered thunderstorms could develop. A few of these storms could bring heavy rain and isolated strong to damaging winds.

Storm chances wane into Saturday, with most of the area under the influence of upper level high pressure. High temperatures get back into the upper 80s with heat indices in the low to mid-90s.

Stay cool and stay with the ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather Team for further updates over the coming days.

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Jessica Quick

Jessica Quick returned to ABC 17 News as chief meteorologist in 2019 after working here under Sharon Ray from 2014 to 2016.

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