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A big dose of summer in the forecast

Columbus Forecast - June 16th, 2014-slide0
Mike Groenke

Summer doesn’t officially start until this Saturday, but Mother Nature is giving us an early peak this week. Temperatures are soaring into the 90s along with thick humidity and chances for thunderstorms. We saw several thunderstorms around Columbus and central Ohio today even causing a peak 52 mph gust at the airport! This evening looks quieter although a few isolated storms can still not be ruled out.

A large ridge of high pressure will build north into Ohio on Tuesday. This will actually act to clear out any chances for rain but also consequently cause temperatures to warm into the lower 90s. The heat index may approach the middle 90s with the humidity. Overnight lows will stay muggy around 70 degrees.

A line of storms will form along a quasi-stationary front well north of Columbus on Wednesday. Before these storms slowly sag south Wednesday evening, hot sunshine will once again warm us up into the lower 90s. If storms move in early enough Wednesday evening, isolated severe weather may be possible mainly in the form of damaging winds.

With the high pressure ridge weakening further for the remainder of the week, thunderstorm chances will increase each day. Expect scattered activity on Thursday and right through the upcoming weekend. Temperatures will ever so slowly nudge down into the upper and eventually middle 80s. Stay with examiner.com and Mike Groenke (@mikegroenke) on Twitter for the latest severe weather warnings and updates!