Warmer weather returns for Memorial Day weekend

Periodic showers are expected today with crossing low pressure. Increasing warmth and humidity are expected for much of next week, with chances for afternoon and evening thunderstorms.

Scattered showers will continue today. That pesky closed-off low pressure system that’s brought rain and clouds to east-central Ohio all this week finally begins a northeast trek through the Ohio Valley. There can be a rumble or two of thunder with a bit of instability creeping into the region this afternoon. Small hail will be possible but nothing severe is likely.

The low should be northeast of the area by Saturday and finally, we will begin to see our weather situation improve. The low moves off to New York but it will be close enough to keep low odds for showers in the forecast. Mainly dry conditions will take over Saturday night as high pressure builds in over the region.

Temperatures locally will finally return to near average Saturday with most areas getting to the upper 70s.

A weak low pressure system is due to push a warm front through eastern Ohio on Sunday. While widespread showers and storms are not likely there can be an isolated thunderstorm locally with this. The best opportunity for a storm will be during the heat of the afternoon. Chances for thunder will wane during and after sunset Sunday evening.

The most noticeable change in our weather pattern will also arrive Sunday with that weak front – both temperatures and humidity will trend upward. Afternoon highs on Sunday will reach the low-80s and it will feel more summer-like as those dew points increase into the low-60s as well. Since this weekend is the unofficial start to summer and our weather has been anything but ideal lately, I don’t think folks will mind the humidity much.

NEXT WEEK
The dominant weather feature next week will be a large upper-level ridge of high pressure over the eastern US. While dry conditions and warm temperatures will highlight the week. With this warmer than average temperature regime and the somewhat muggy air, isolated to scattered afternoon thunderstorms will be possible during the afternoon during most of the week as small disturbances ride along the jet stream.

The good news for those of us waiting patiently for warm weather is we finally get our wish. Temperatures locally will run 10° to 15° warmer than average.

Temperatures will trend just a bit cooler next weekend and for the first few days of June. However, it appears we are done with daytime highs in the low-60s for a while.

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