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Hopefully you have had a chance to enjoy what may turn out to be one of the nicest stretches of weather for 2014! If not, today is looking pretty good as well. The only things to deal with today are a bit more heat and a bit more humidity. Sunshine will still be firmly in place through most of the day.

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Expect a few extra clouds to build late this afternoon as the atmosphere becomes unstable due to the presence of moisture combined with warm temperatures. A few pop up storms may develop in western Ohio and drift our way this evening. The chance for a storm in Columbus today is low however and would likely hold off until after sunset. Highs will head for the middle 80s this afternoon. The chance for a few more isolated storms will increase after midnight.

A semi-stationary boundary to our north will ever so slowly sag southward in the form of a cool front this week. This boundary will be the focal point for scattered showers and thunderstorms. In a very low wind shear environment, widespread severe weather is not expected although an isolated strong storm cannot be ruled out.

The main threat this week will be slow moving storms that may dump excessive amounts of rainfall in a short period of time along with frequent lightning. Scattered thunderstorms will be possible tonight through at least Wednesday evening. The highest chance for storms will be on Wednesday although you will want to take your umbrella on Tuesday as well. Highs both days will hit the 80s with the exception of any locations that take a hit from storms earlier in the day which will cause slightly cooler high temperatures.

The front will barely clear the area on Thursday meaning a slight chance for a storm is staying in the forecast due to our close proximity to the front. Temperatures will cool off a little back to around 80 degrees and the humidity will drop a little bit as well for the end of the week. An early look at next weekend shows some more very nice late spring weather!

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