Posted 7:47 AM Thursday 7/23/2020
Today will bring another day of clouds and opportunities for much-needed rain. Temperatures will top out a bit warmer than yesterday and it stays muggy outdoors with dew points in the low-70s.
A weak cold front will slowly sink south through east-central Ohio today. As you can tell by the humidity this morning we have plenty of moisture in the air. The atmosphere is unstable enough that scattered showers and thunderstorms will likely develop this afternoon and evening as the front moves through the region. With the potential for a few breaks in cloud cover at times, some storms this afternoon and evening could be beefy enough for strong wind gusts.
An isolated severe storm can’t be ruled out later today. Like yesterday, much will depend on how much sun we can manage to get. Any appreciable clearing for an extended period would increase the chances for storms reaching severe limits. Skies are more likely to remain overcast and cloudy so the severe threat is pretty low. Severe or not, any storms today will be efficient rain producers so a heavy downpour is possible.
Showers and storms will taper off and end as the front clears to the south later tonight.
FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND
Dry weather and clearing skies will return to the Valley on Friday. The cold front that comes through late today will stall to our south and wash out as high pressure builds over the Great Lakes region. The air behind the front is a bit drier but not much different temperature-wise. So, while Friday will bring a less humid day, it temperatures will still be warmer than average with highs in the mid to upper-80s.
Dry and hot weather will build over the weekend with temperatures increasing to 90° or so by Sunday.
Our next opportunity for showers and storms will arrive with a cold front knocking on our door Sunday night. We will need to watch for another potential for severe thunderstorms on Monday with the front.