Warm, breezy and turning more humid today; Showers and storms end the week

Wednesday will feel more like summer than spring in east-central Ohio. Not only will we see summerlike temperatures around the mid-80s but increasing moisture in the atmosphere will start to make it feel a little sticky out there today.

It’s been a while since I’ve had to drag out the dew point trend graphic but…


With the amount of moisture going up we will also have more clouds today across the Valley. Southwest winds will also turn breezy this afternoon with gusts in the 20 to 30 mph range.

Temperatures will remain relatively warm overnight dropping only to the mid-60s. It wasn’t all that long ago that we were wishing for daytime highs in the 60s.

Several disturbances will ripple through the region on Thursday increasing our chances for showers and thunderstorms here in the Tuscarawas Valley. While showers and storms will be possible just about any time, the best chances will be during the afternoon.

The Storm Prediction Center has most of the stated in a Marginal Risk for isolated strong thunderstorms tomorrow, but any strong storms that develop should weaken as they travel east.

While the risk for strong to severe storms here in the Valley is low, it isn’t zero, either. The primary threat from any storms that get feisty will be gusty winds and hail.

Although clouds and perhaps some showers and storms will be around, temperatures will remain plenty warm again tomorrow with afternoon highs near 80 degrees.

Showers and storms will continue to threaten Thursday night but the loss of heating and instability should work to further weaken any storms that happen to cross our path.

A cold front will approach east-central Ohio on Friday. As the atmosphere destabilizes ahead and along the front, shower and thunderstorm odds will increase once again. Some of those storms Friday afternoon and evening could also get a little rambunctious.

Today’s morning modelling shows the cold front crossing our area Friday night and the atmosphere quickly stabilizing behind the front and bringing an end to the showers and storms. High pressure will build over the Mississippi Valley and bring a return to sunshine and dry weather to the region.

Temperatures will be somewhat cooler through the weekend but still quite pleasant with afternoon highs in the low 70s. Drier air will also return dropping dew points back toward ‘comfortable’ values.

A reinforcing cold front will cross Saturday night into Sunday morning but with a lack of any significant moisture, precipitation is not likely. Cooler temperatures will continue Monday and Tuesday with a gradual warm up through the work week.

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