Posted 9:30 AM EDT 10/02/2019 Updated 2:18 M EDT 10/02/2019
Cooler autumn temperatures are on the way but near-record high temperatures will hang over the Valley a couple of days yet before they arrive.
A cold front will inch south and stall out near the Lake Erie shoreline. This will bring odds for a few showers mainly along and north of I-80 today. About all we will notice here locally is a cloudier day than yesterday. Temperatures will still be warm, however, and most places will see afternoon highs in the upper 80s to near 90°.
A wave of low pressure will ride along the stalled boundary tonight increasing our chances for a spotty shower or thunderstorm tonight. The main focus for activity tonight will remain north of the Valley overnight until another wave pushes that stalled boundary south during the daytime hours on Thursday.
Chances for showers and thunderstorms will ramp back up Thursday as the front approaches and finally crosses the region on Thursday evening. Thunderstorms will be scattered in east-central Ohio and a strong thunderstorm or two can’t be ruled out.
Strong wind gusts are the main threat with tomorrow’s storms. Otherwise, Thursday will be another warm day with afternoon highs in the mid-80s. Southwest winds will turn gusty with some gusts as high as 20 mph or so.
BIG TEMPERATURE CHANGE FRIDAY
The front looks to clear southeast of our area late tomorrow evening bringing an end to the rain and storms. High pressure builds back in overnight Thursday and much cooler and drier air will flow in behind the front for Friday. High temperatures Friday afternoon will be about 20°/25° colder locally topping out in the mid-60s.
High pressure will maintain dry and mostly sunny conditions on Saturday. As the high shifts east of Ohio, a light southerly flow will bring slightly warmer temperatures. High temperatures should reach 70° – ish.
A secondary cold front will approach from the west on Sunday with a small chance for a spotty shower. Otherwise, an increase in warm air ahead of the front will bring afternoon temperatures in the mid-70s to the Valley.
Sunday’s front crosses the region late in the day bringing an end to rain chances. Reinforcing cold air returns to push temperatures back to the mid-60s for Monday.
Cool temperatures that look more like autumn are projected to settle in for the long haul after the weekend.