Temperatures on Sunday ended up climbing about 10-20 degrees higher than Saturday due to the abundant sunshine. High temperatures for most stayed in the low 80's with those mostly sunny skies. Similar conditions are expected to kick off the first full week of August.
A ridge of high pressure remains across the Midwest, which will continue the pleasant weather conditions through the first half of the week. The main exception to that will be the presence of the wildfire smoke from the fires out West. Because of that smoke, there is an air quality alert for all of Iowa until noon Monday.
Those sensitive to poor air quality are recommended to limit outdoor activities until the air quality improves. This includes the elderly, children and those with respiratory diseases.
However, toward the end of the week, temperatures are set to return to normal with humidity and rain chances climbing as well. For more details tune in to WGEM News Monday morning.