Other than a spotty shower, mostly dry today; Slowly improving as we head into the weekend

Although our weather will remain gloomy again today, small changes will get underway that will lead to improving weather conditions for the weekend.

We have a washed out front just to our east this morning and it will be the focus for showers and storms along the Ohio/PA border and points east. The boundary will also keep cloud cover over east-central Ohio as it slowly dissipates through the day.

Most areas in the Valley should stay dry today despite the clouds. A spotty shower is possible just about anywhere today, but any rain will be isolated to a few spots at best. Instability will be rather weak this afternoon so we should not see much in the way of any thunder.

SIMULATED radar for today:

With not a lot of prospects for appreciable sunshine today, temperatures will warm to just below average highs today. With dew points this afternoon in the upper 60s, it will feel pretty muggy out there today, too.

By Friday we will begin to see some improvement. That washed out boundary will shift a bit more to the east on Friday taking the bulk of the moisture with it. While tomorrow will not be pristine, we will start to see a little sunshine for a change as the cloud cover starts to break up in the afternoon. Odds for a spotty shower in the Valley will be greatest in the morning, but we’ll see those odds dropping after lunch time.

We should also start to see temperatures warm a bit on Friday. Daytime highs will finally warm to around average in the afternoon to 83/85 degrees. Like today, dew points will be elevated so expect another muggy day.

WEEKEND OUTLOOK
Our weather will continue to improve as we head into the weekend. A weak upper-level ridge will build overhead keeping us dry through MOST of the weekend.

A rather weak disturbance will push through east-central Ohio on Saturday that may bring a slight threat for a thunderstorm – depending on exact timing. But otherwise, it will be a warm and toasty weekend with temperatures in the upper 80s.

While it won’t be super humid over the next seven days, it will be quite muggy with dew points mostly in the mid to upper 60s through the period.

NEXT WEEK
Next week definitely has a warm summer feel to it with plenty of opportunities for showers and thunderstorms.

Monday should start out just fine but a disturbance will approach and cross that will bring decent chances for a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon. That will be followed by potent cold front Tuesday/Wednesday. The front will have plenty of moisture to work with so showers and storms will be a pretty good bet.

Behind the front, temperatures will take a noticeable hit by mid week as cooler and drier air flows into the region.

Temperatures will drop back to the low 80s and the humidity will drop as well – good news for those who don’t care much for these soupy summer days.

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