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An “unofficial” end to summer

Cincinnati Forecast - September 1st, 2014-slide0
Mike Groenke

Labor Day is often thought of as the unofficial end to summer and this time it even lines up with the start of meteorological fall! (Meteorological seasons begin on the first of the month to help with record keeping and to align with general pattern shifts) However this year, Mother Nature is making sure we know it’s an UNofficial end to summer because the heat and humidity are going to crank all week long.

If you have a backyard BBQ scheduled for tonight, you may have to duck inside as a few quick hitting scattered downpours will be around. Don’t be surprised if you hear a little thunder as well. These storms will remain around in a widely scattered fashion through about 9-10 p.m. this evening. Temperatures will be slow to fall (except where it rains) in the 80s to upper 70s.

We will then turn our attention to a developing cluster of showers and thunderstorms in the St. Louis area tonight. These storms will pack heavy rainfall tonight arriving after 3 a.m. It could be a wet morning commute for your Tuesday as you get the kids out the door and drive to work.

Scattered showers and storms will continue to be possible through at least mid-afternoon. A few of the storms may turn strong with gusty winds especially east of Cincinnati depending on how much sunshine peaks through the clouds. However the severe weather threat appears to be relatively low in the immediate Tri-State region.

The cold front responsible for the wet weather will skirt the area bringing clearing skies to the region Tuesday night. The humidity will make a slight dip but not all the way down to comfortable levels. Highs will remain the middle 80s Wednesday before jumping back close to 90 by the end of the week.

Storm chances will gradually increase Thursday through Saturday. It does appear that a stronger cold front may bring some actual relief from the heat and humidity for the second half of the weekend.

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