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LOCAL 5 FORECAST: Cooler than average weather expected to start the week

Temperatures will stay in the upper 70s to low 80s through at least Thursday of this week.

DES MOINES, Iowa — After a really hot stretch of weather to wrap up the month of July, totally opposite weather is expected for the first several days of August.

Temperatures this morning were refreshing, falling to the upper 50s and low 60s with dew points in the 50s. It will be a partly cloudy day with highs only reaching the upper 70s to low 80s. Unfortunately, many spots are still dealing with overhead smoke, especially over western Iowa. This will stick around through the day, but should thin out some this afternoon for areas along and east of I-35 before getting thicker again on Tuesday. Air quality is forecast to be in the "moderate" range through at least mid-week.

The next few days will be quite similar- morning low temperatures in the upper 50s to low 60s, and afternoon highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. At least some cloud cover is anticipated each day, along with periods of haze and smoke. Warmer weather will move in towards the end of the week, sending high temperatures to the mid and upper 80s on Friday before they return to the low 90s over the weekend. 

It will be dry through the first half of the week, but isolated thunderstorms will move back into the forecast for both Thursday and Saturday. Next week may start off a bit more unsettled, too. 

Have a great day! 

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