Another round of severe weather could impact the Valley on Thursday

Wednesday 06/15/2022 10:00 AM

Utility crews continue to make repairs to the many downed power lines across the region from Monday’s damaging storms. There are still a lot of folks without electricity yet in spots across the Valley with very hot and humid weather moving in today and tomorrow. I’m told the Tuscarawas County Emergency Management is arranging to have cooling centers set up for folks who need a spot to cool off during the next few days.

With regard to a few technical matters with Monday’s damaging storms, the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center did officially classify it as a derecho. Locally, an NWS Survey Team classified extensive damage in Wayne County near Wooster as a macroburst with winds up to 84 mph. The area around Gnadenhutten and Port Washington also received extensive damage with many trees and power lines downed. The Stone Creek area also had a lot of trees down.

Today will likely be the hottest and most uncomfortable day of the year up to this point. Air temperatures around the region will reach the mid to upper 90s in most spots. These hot temperatures coupled with dew points in the mid-70s will create heat indices in the 100° – 105° range.

With heat indices topping 100° an Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for the Valley today.

Thursday won’t bring much relief from the heat and humidity. However, a strong cold front is approaching the region that will move through Thursday night/Friday. Showers and thunderstorms will likely develop ahead of the front tomorrow afternoon. Some storms could bring another round of damaging winds, hail, and even a couple of tornadoes. There is also the potential for heavy downpours.

The timing of the storms for our local area looks to be in the 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM range. I’ll have a better idea of our local timing late tonight or first thing in the morning.

Dew points and temperatures will drop off considerably behind the cold front on Friday setting us up for much more pleasant weekend weather. Saturday’s highs will run in the mid-70s. Dew points will drop to the very refreshing low-50s. Temperatures on Father’s Day will still be below 80° with dew points remaining in the very comfortable upper-40s to around 50°. High pressure will provide plenty of sunshine through the weekend period.

After the nice weekend weather, temperatures look to heat back up next week. Temperatures will likely ramp up back to the low-90s again for a few days. I do not think it will get quite as hot as it will be today and tomorrow, but close enough.

National Blend of Models (NBoM) temperature outlook.

Much like this week’s heat, next week’s 90-degree days don’t appear to settle in for an extended period and should only impact the area for a few days at best.

Thanks for taking a few minutes to catch up with our local weather. I’ll keep you updated with the latest on tomorrow’s severe potential and all weather things headed our way. I also post updates on Twitter (@tuscwx) so have a look at that if you’re a Tweeter user. In the meantime, check out my forecasts on the main page and install the app functions on your phone if you find TUSCWeather valuable. Keep as cool as you can – stay safe.

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