Sunshine, Cooler temperatures, less humidity this week in the Valley

Posted Sunday, August 16, 2020, 5:20 PM

Most neighborhoods received some much-needed rain this afternoon with a cold front slipping southeast through east-central Ohio. The front is currently just to our northwest. It will slowly make its way through the Tuscarawas Valley area this evening. Until it clears, we will need to keep a slight chance for an isolated shower. Chances for additional rain will diminish through the night.

Total rain today at the time of writing this is 0.46″ as measured at the airport. We could certainly use more, but I think most folks are happy with getting rain, period. This won’t help much with our current rain deficit, but we’ll take whatever mother nature sends our way.

Cooler and drier air will push into the region tonight behind the front. You will need to be mindful of fog developing tonight as temperatures cool to near the dew point. Fog will likely linger into Monday morning. That might have an impact on your morning commute.

A secondary reinforcing front will move through the region on Monday bringing another chance for scattered showers/storms – mainly in the afternoon. There may be just enough lift and instability aloft to support a strong thunderstorm or two in east-central Ohio. However, moisture is limited so anything that happens to get rambunctious will be isolated at best.

A second cold front will push southeast through eastern Ohio on Monday. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible with this feature mainly Monday afternoon. An isolated strong thunderstorm cannot be ruled out.

High pressure will build in over the region to dry things out on Wednesday. Mainly quiet weather should then prevail through the rest of the workweek. The most noticeable change will be with our low dew points. We don’t often see dew points in the 50s in August, so enjoy the lack of humidity if you’re working outdoors this week.

Temperatures will start cooler than average for Monday and Tuesday. They will gradually warm through the latter half of the week ending up in the mid-80s by Friday. Still, those low dew points will make it feel relatively dry. Except for Monday, we’ll get in on plenty of sunshine too. As I said it’ll be a good week to work (or play) outside.

The next opportunity for rain locally will arrive over the weekend as high pressure shifts east of the area and allow for low pressure drag a cold front east. The front will approach and cross the state Saturday bringing back the potential for showers and storms.



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