Heads Up: Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible on Thursday

Posted Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 8:57 AM

High pressure will maintain dry weather in east-central Ohio today and tonight. Temperatures this afternoon will warm to around 90° but dew points will remain in check. While it will be hot this afternoon, at least it won’t get real humid today.

Thursday will bring more humid conditions to our area. A weak cold front will travel out of the Midwest on Thursday. With a warm and humid air mass overhead, scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms will develop with the advance and passage of the front – mainly during the afternoon and evening. Recent computer model runs have trended toward a more favorable setup for severe thunderstorms.

Damaging straight-line winds are the primary threat with tomorrow’s storms. However, large hail and isolated tornadoes cannot be completely ruled out. The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded most of the region to a Slight Risk (#2 on a scale of 1 – 5) for severe thunderstorms.

There is some uncertainty with regard to timing but there should be enough instability in place ahead of the front.

A secondary disturbance will cross the region Thursday night through Friday. Chances for scattered showers and thunderstorms will remain in the forecast for the period. Temperatures locally will remain hot and humid with daily high temperatures 5° to 10° above normal.

Look for local weather updates here and on the TuscWeather Twitter Feed (@tuscwx).

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