COLUMBIA — The summer heat seems to want to stick around longer than usual, so there might be time for another visit to the pool.
The next several days will be warmer than usual for Missouri and other parts of the Midwest, such as Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois, said Ben Miller, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
There will be a trend of warmer temperatures this weekend that will continue into the first week of September, said Jim Kramper, warning coordination meteorologist at the weather service.
On Friday, a high of 96 degrees — 10 degrees above average — is expected, Kramper said.
It's also been getting drier in Columbia, Kramper said. August has only had 1.01 inches of rainfall so far, which is below average.
Although Columbia is "abnormally dry", it hasn't reached drought status yet, Kramper said. Some parts of northwest Missouri have already reached moderate drought status.
The Midwest region experienced a severe drought during July 2012, which the weather service has called the fifth-hottest July on record.
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