Warm and dry weather through Thursday morning

High pressure over the Carolina Coast will pump warm air into east-central Ohio today under mostly sunny skies. Temperatures this afternoon will top out in the upper 70s with many neighborhoods in our southern communities reaching 80 degrees.

Air overhead will remain plenty dry across the region so relative humidity will be quite low through the day. Dewpoints will increase tonight and Wednesday with a surge of moist Gulf air into the region and we’ll notice a muggier day tomorrow. We will also see an increase in cumulus on Wednesday with the increase in moisture. Temperatures across the region will reach the low 80s.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
As the upper-level ridge of high pressure begins to break down on Thursday, several disturbances along with an approaching weak cold front will increase our chances for showers and storms. Today’s guidance keeps most of Thursday warm and dry. The threat of showers will gradually increase by mid to late afternoon and become likely Thursday night.

Severe thunderstorms are not expected with this system but a couple of storms could get a little feisty especially neighborhoods in northern areas of Tuscarawas County.

Showers and thunderstorms continue through Friday as the cold front crosses. Temperatures on Friday will be slightly cooler behind the front but nothing like we’ve seen last month. Most places in the Valley should drop back to the low 70s with clouds and rain around.

Showers and storms will taper off Friday evening ending by midnight or so Friday night.

WEEKEND OUTLOOK
The weekend outlook continues to look somewhat cooler but pleasant. Mostly sunny conditions look to prevail despite a secondary cold front on Saturday. Saturday will be the warmer day of the weekend with afternoon highs in the low 70s once again. It will be a little cooler on Sunday with afternoon temperatures in the upper 60s.

Temperatures should rebound to the low 70s to start the work week on Monday.

MAY OUTLOOK
The NWS Climate Prediction Center released their outlook for May yesterday afternoon. They project temperatures to be slightly above average for the month as a whole.

 

Precipitation looks to be about average for the month.

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