A brief dry spell before shower and storm chances return Tuesday

Light to moderate rain overnight and this morning has saturated the ground from a general inch of rainfall since Sunday morning. Thankfully, the slower rainfall rates have kept flooding concerns across the Valley spotty at best. We certainly don’t need another instance like Friday evening’s deluge in eastern portions of the area.

Showers will continue this morning as a weak frontal boundary pushes south. Clouds should hang tough for the majority of the day but drier air will move in from the north late this afternoon and allow for some clearing this evening. Cloud cover today will limit afternoon temperatures to the mid-70s.

We should remain dry overnight through Tuesday morning as the boundary sets up shop south of Ohio. The rain break will be short-lived, however. The stationary boundary will shift gears and lift north into east-central Ohio as a warm front and the threat for spotty showers and thunderstorms will return Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday won’t be a washout by any means. Odds for any one area getting in on more rain is fairly low and I’ve kept low chances for showers and storms mainly in the late afternoon through early evening time frame.

With occasional sunshine temperatures in the afternoon should reach the low 80s.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
A weakening cold front will sink south through Ohio on Wednesday. This may bring a few showers and storms to the Valley during the morning. High pressure will build in from the west behind the front on Wednesday and allow for sunshine to dry things out through the end of the work week. Temperatures through the period will hover around the low 80s. With drier air overhead, dew points will remain in the pleasant range.

WEEKEND OUTLOOK
Summertime conditions will return for the weekend as a strong upper-level ridge of high pressure dominates the eastern US. At the surface, high pressure will shift east setting up a southerly flow to bring warm and humid conditions in east-central Ohio.

An upper-level ridge will build over the eastern US Friday and remain through the weekend. The southerly flow will bring warming temperatures and moist humid air back to the region for the extended forecast.

Temperatures will warm to the mid-80s by Saturday – upper 80s on Sunday. Additional moisture in the air will fuel muggy conditions as dew point rise to the 70s.

It looks like our air conditioners will get a good workout over the weekend. The warm and muggy conditions may even extend through mid-week next week.

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