Sunshine and low humidity today; Turning muggy through the weekend

We will have no weather issues today. It will be a sunny, dry and nearly perfect late May day across east-central Ohio. Low humidity and moderate temperatures will rule the day. Afternoon highs will reach the low to mid-80s here in the Tuscarawas Valley area.

Enjoy today’s low humidity. It will be the last comfortable day we’ll have for a while.

Tonight will be a nearly perfect night for stargazing. Skies should remain clear overnight with mild temperatures cooling to the mid-50s by early Friday morning.

With high pressure shifting to the east, Friday will bring a few clouds. Still, there will be plenty of sunshine for everyone. Temperatures, as well as dew points, will start to creep up as a southwesterly flow sets up overhead. There may be a shower or thunderstorm in our far southern neighborhoods late Friday but the best odds for any rain late Friday should remain south of I-70.

Temperatures on Friday will get to the mid-80s in most places in the Valley.

IMPROVING HOLIDAY WEEKEND FORECAST
I’ve reduced the threat for showers and storms through the long Memorial Day weekend. A more southerly flow sets up Saturday with Gulf moisture streaming in so I can’t completely rule out a renegade shower or storm somewhere in the Valley. The majority will stay dry.

We will notice that increasing Gulf moisture in the form of higher dew points through the weekend and into early next week. It will remain warm and muggy through the period. Temperatures Saturday, Sunday, and Monday will top out in the mid-80s and dew points will creep up to the 70s. The weekend will definitely have a summertime feel.

Sunday will bring a slightly better chance for a random afternoon shower or storm, but like Saturday, most places should be dry.

A weak cold front will slip south on Memorial Day and continue to weaken as it hangs up along the I-70 corridor. Monday looks cloudier with that weak boundary nearby and again there will be odds for a scattered shower or storm during the afternoon and evening.

While the threat of spotty showers and storms will persist through the weekend, it will definitely not be a washout. Most places should stay dry through the weekend, but a shower or summertime thunderstorm will certainly be possible at some point just about anywhere.

NEXT WEEK
Dry conditions can be expected as we head back to work and school on Tuesday. It will be a cloudy day with warm and humid conditions. A typical summertime pattern returns by Wednesday with warm and humid conditions continuing. Summertime afternoon and evening shower and storm chances will also continue through next week.

Although a lot of rain is not expected here, a potential tropical system in the Gulf this weekend will spread precipitation northward through next week. Actual rain forecasts will depend on the actual track of the low pressure system after it makes landfall sometime around Memorial Day.

For now, the NWSWPC is anticipating three quarters to an inch of rain for our area over the next 7 days. This will change somewhat as the track of the tropical system comes into better focus.

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