Des Moines temperatures to surpass 90 degrees for the first time in 2024

Temperatures in Des Moines are expected to surpass 90 degrees for the first time in 2024 this week.

Starting Wednesday until the weekend temperatures could reach as high as 93 degrees during the day with nighttime temperatures dropping into the 60s and 70s.

What day will be the hottest in Des Moines this week?

Wednesday could hit a high of 93 degrees in Des Moines and Thursday will remain in the low 90s. Friday may be the only day of relief from the 90s with a high of 86 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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Is it normal for temperatures to reach the 90s this time of year?

Temperatures in the 90s are typical for June. While these temperatures are the norm for this time of year, the heat still catches people off guard, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Roger Vachalek. It is important to drink water and take breaks if you are spending time in the heat, he said.

"Best to limit your time outdoors," Vachalek said. "The first time we hot weather we see people get caught off guard. Just monitor the forecast and monitor your conditions."

While the high average temperature in June is 81 degrees, during the last five years, the month has seen at least one day with temperatures above 90 degrees in Des Moines. The city's earliest recorded 90-degree day in the last five years came on May 9, 2022, when temperatures hit 93 degrees.

Temperatures in June 2021 topped 100 degrees. Des Moines hit 90 degrees for the first time that month on June 8. The high dipped to 89 degrees on June 12 and then started a seven-day stretch with high temperatures above 90 degrees that lasted until June 19. The high temperature on June 17 hit 101 degrees.

Will Iowa have severe weather this week?

Iowa has a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. There is a chance for severe weather including high winds and possibly hail Wednesday for the northern and potentially central areas of Iowa.

Thursday could see lingering storms but they are expected to exit the state before becoming severe. As for the weekend, there could be a chance of storms but exactly where is still to be determined.

What does the Des Moines weather radar show?

Here's a look at the current loop of the National Weather Service's radar in Des Moines:


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Kate Kealey is a general assignment reporter for the Register. Reach her at or follow her on Twitter at @Kkealey17.

This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Iowa weather to see high temps in the 90s for first time in 2024