Central Iowa could see severe storms Tuesday evening; DART providing free rides to cooling centers

Chris Higgins
Des Moines Register

Severe storms are possible on Tuesday across a large swath of Iowa.

According to a forecast by the National Weather Service in Des Moines, much of central and northeast Iowa could see severe weather from the early evening into the overnight.

"Large hail is the primary threat. Strong winds and heavy rain are possible too," the weather service tweeted. 

Showers and thunderstorms are likely after 4 a.m.

The areas with a "slight" risk of severe weather on Tuesday include Des Moines, Ames, Fort Dodge, Waterloo, Council Bluffs and Decorah.

Des Moines is also under a heat advisory until 7 p.m. Tuesday, which is expected to be sunny, hot and windy with a high near 97 degrees. The heat index could be as high as 101 degrees.

More:Des Moines weather: Temperatures, heat indices could approach 100 degrees Monday, Tuesday

DART providing free rides to cooling centers

The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority is providing free rides to cooling centers due to the extreme heat through Wednesday. Riders should tell bus drivers that they want to go to the cooling center or overnight shelter. More information, including about nearest routes, is available on the DART website or by calling 515-283-8100.

A full list of cooling centers in Des Moines and its suburbs is available online.

More:How to prevent hot car deaths as Iowa temperatures approach 100 degrees

Record temperatures recorded Monday

The National Weather Service said three daily records were set Monday for June 13:

  • The minimum of 76 degrees in Des Moines ties a record previously set in 1920.
  • Ottumwa's low of 76 broke the city's previous record high minimum of 75 set in 2017.
  • Lamoni's high of 96 and low of 78 both broke daily records. The previous record daily high was 95, set in 1963, and the high minimum was 73, set in 1994.

Tips for beating the heat

  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • If air conditioning is not available, remain on the lowest floor and out of the sunshine.
  • Use sunscreen with a high SPF rating.
  • Drink water regularly, and limit alcoholic beverages.
  • Eat light, well-balanced meals.
  • Slow down. Reduce, reschedule or eliminate strenuous activities.
  • Dress in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
  • Protect your face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.

Source: Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Chris Higgins covers the eastern suburbs for the Register. Reach him at chiggins@registermedia.com or 515-423-5146 and follow him on Twitter @chris_higgins_.