A Sunday look at the week ahead

A number of weather systems will keep our weather in east-central Ohio fairly active this week. The most notable will be an early week cold front that will bring relief from the very warm temperatures and high humidity we’ve been having lately.

I do not anticipate much thunderstorm activity Sunday as a weak boundary moves southeast across the region. Although this is not a particularly strong front it will be enough to spark a few isolated thunderstorms mainly during the afternoon and evening. Really, though, coverage will be hit-or-miss and most areas will see nothing but clouds from this little feature.

Hi-res futurecast radar this afternoon through 5:00 AM Monday:

Any thunderstorm cell that happens to pop up in the area would be slow-movers and capable of producing some hefty rainfall. Other than a few gusty winds, these should mostly be just your typical summertime storms. There is not a concern for anything severe.

The boundary will quickly exit east-central Ohio after sunset this evening leaving us dry overnight.

Temperatures today will be quite warm. Most neighborhoods should see afternoon temperatures around 90 degrees. Dew points will remain in the low 70s making for very humid conditions.

MONDAY & TUESDAY
Monday morning looks to be dry. As low pressure approaches the Great Lakes region it will bump into a warm and humid airmass. The low will drag a cold front across east-central Ohio Monday night with shower and thunderstorm chances ramping up in the afternoon ahead of the front.

While a shower or storm will be possible anytime during the afternoon, thunderstorms will be more likely towards evening as the front inches closer and crosses the region Monday night. Since timing of the boundary crossing looks to be Monday night when daytime heating and instability are waning, there does not appear to be a severe thunderstorm threat. However, we will continue to keep an eye on the timing.

Temperatures will still be pretty warm on Monday with afternoon highs in the upper 80s.

A few showers may remain early Tuesday – depending on timing. High pressure will quickly build on Tuesday, however, and skies will gradually clear by Tuesday night. The airmass will gradually dry out as the cool dry air flows in behind the cold front. Temperatures Tuesday will top out in the low 80s and dew points will take a nose dive back to the 50s.

Dew points will drop back to more comfortable levels Tuesday behind a cold front.

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY
Very pleasant summertime weather conditions will highlight the mid week. High pressure will provide the sunshine and dry weather. With much cooler and drier air in place, temperatures will actually be below average for a change. Expect afternoon temperatures peaking at around 80 on Wednesday – around 82/84 on Thursday. And, no humidity to deal with.

FRIDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND
Friday also looks dry for the time being. The next low is projected to slowly move through the Great Lakes region Friday night through Sunday. This will keep the threat for showers and storms going through the weekend.

It’s becoming quite dry in spots here in the Valley and we could really use some rain. The good news is that current projections from the NWSWPC is forecasting an inch to 1.5 inches over the next 7 days.

Temperatures through the period should stay near average – low 80s – for the most part.

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