Oklahoma City residents who like cool, rainy summer days are in luck.
A cold front moved across the state Wednesday, bringing gloomy skies and possibly record-breaking temperatures to the metro. Forecasters predict the cool, wet weather will last at least through Thursday night.
Temperatures in Oklahoma City climbed only to 72 degrees Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. The record for the coolest high temperature for July 16 in Oklahoma City was 74 degrees, set in 1967, according to National Weather Service records. Although official figures haven’t been finalized, Wednesday’s high appears to have broken that record.
The National Weather Service’s Norman forecast office issued a flash flood watch for much of western, northwestern and central Oklahoma until Friday evening. The watch includes Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland, Grady and McClain counties in the Oklahoma City metro area.
Forecasters said a round of thunderstorms Thursday and Friday would bring 2 to 4 inches or more of rain to the area, causing heavy runoff and flash flooding. The National Weather Service predicted a 90 percent chance of rain in Oklahoma City on Thursday, with chances for rain diminishing to 50 percent Thursday night.
Officials with the Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma are reminding residents of the organization’s free flooding app, which offers information on how to stay safe in a flood, a one-touch message system that allows users to notify family and friends that they are safe and provides locations of open Red Cross shelters.
In a statement, Red Cross regional CEO Janienne Bella said the app’s alert system can help save users’ lives if they don’t receive emergency alerts from radio or television.
“Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States, and people can use the Red Cross app to create emergency plans so all household members know what to do if flooding threatens,” Bella said.