Well, it’s back to the daily grind. I hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday weekend. Our weather certainly had a summer feel with the warm and humid air in place, but this is pretty typical with summers in east-central Ohio. It was a little later than I expected, but the drier air has arrived today thanks to the weak boundary that finally shifted south and east of us overnight.
There is a nice northerly component in the mid-level this morning bringing drier and cooler air to the region. It will also bring smoke from Canadian wildfires in the 5,000 to the 6,000-foot level (18mb). We should begin to notice hazy skies from this feature by early in the afternoon today.
Otherwise, expect plenty of sun this morning turning cloudier in the afternoon as the smoke moves in. Temperatures will top out at around average this afternoon and dew points will remain in the mid-60s making for a much more comfortable summer afternoon.
Dry and cooler temperatures will continue tonight. High pressure will keep the sunshine and dry weather going through Tuesday but we will see temperatures climbing back up to the 86°/88° range tomorrow afternoon. Dew points will start inching up again as well, so it will feel a little more humid tomorrow.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
High pressure will shift east and allow strong low pressure to travel into the Great Lakes region. Warm temperatures and increasing humidity will return Wednesday behind a warm front. Chances for showers and thunderstorms will increase Wednesday night as a cold front approaches.
Thursday looks like our only active weather day this week. Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible depending on how late in the day that cold front moves into the region. If late in the day, storms are more likely to be stronger. At this point, it’s still a little too early to know and we will just need to watch future model runs to get the timing down.
Fair weather, cooler temperatures, and less humidity will return on Friday behind the front.
High pressure will return dry weather for the weekend and temperatures will warm back up to the mid/upper 80s.
The long-range outlooks have been trending warmer. Some 90° days look like a good bet next week.