60s forecast Saturday in Tulsa area; drought unchanged for Tulsa County
BY Staff Reports
Thursday, January 17, 2013
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Tulsa's temperatures are forecast to continue rising this week before falling back to freezing for the holiday.
The National Weather Service forecasts highs in the 50s today and Friday in Tulsa, with highs in the low 60s forecast for Saturday.
Tulsa's highs are then forecast to fall back to the 40s Sunday and the 30s on Martin Luther King Day, but return to the 50s the next few days.
Overnight lows in Tulsa are forecast for the 20s tonight; the 30s Friday night; then the 20s each night through Tuesday night's lows in the 30s, according to the weather service.
Tulsa recorded its lowest temperature so far this month Wednesday, with a low of 15 degrees. The highest temperature so far this month was 70 last week Friday, according to the weather service.
No rain chances are currently forecast for the next week in Tulsa.
Slight changes to drought monitor in Oklahoma
The U.S. Drought Monitor reports no changes to Tulsa County's conditions, which are mostly D3 for extreme drought, with the highest drought classification, D4 for exceptional drought, in the northwestern tip of the county, as well as the western edge of central Tulsa County.
Parts of central Oklahoma that were previously D2 for severe drought have been changed to D3, while a large area of southeastern Oklahoma has been moved from D3 to D2 after recent rainfall statewide.
This week's U.S. Drought Monitor report (right) shows unchanged conditions for Tulsa County compared with last week (left). All of Oklahoma is classified at least D2 for severe drought. Courtesy