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Storms with very heavy rainfall possible today

Forecast Map: August 20, 2014
Forecast Map: August 20, 2014
Jason Warren

A weak cold front will move southward across the area today, becoming stationary just to our south. An area of showers and thunderstorms will exit the eastern counties this morning, with additional activity developing this afternoon. Storms could produce very heavy rainfall.

The front will remain south of our area tonight, but we still cannot rule out a shower or thunderstorm.

On Thursday, the front will return northward as a warm front. Showers and thunderstorms will become likely once again, especially during the afternoon.

The front will stall across northeastern Ohio Thursday night and remain in place through Friday. Weak impulses of energy will rotate southeastward along the front bringing the threat of additional showers and thunderstorm to our area. Temperatures will begin to climb Friday as warmer air begins to spread our way.

Here is the forecast: For today, partly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs will be in the low 80s. Winds S 5-10 mph.

Tonight, partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the mid 60s. Winds SW 5 mph.

Thursday, partly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs will reach the low 80s. Winds SW 5-10 mph.

Thursday night, partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the mid 60s.

Friday, partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will reach the mid 80s.

Extended Analysis: Very warm and humid air will spread across the region Saturday through Monday as a large dome of high pressure builds toward the Great Lakes. A stationary front will wobble across the area through the period bringing us a daily threat of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will be more summer-like with highs in the 80s, possibly even approaching 90 degrees in some areas for the first time this summe.

Here is the extended forecast: Friday night, partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the mid 60s.

Saturday, partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will reach the low 80s.

Saturday night, partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the mid 60s.

Sunday, partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will reach the mid 80s.

Sunday night, partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the mid to upper 60s.

Monday, partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will reach the mid to upper 80s.