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Strong storms possible this evening

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

Severe thunderstorms battered the Midwest yesterday with flooding rain and wind gusts over 80 mph. The same front responsible for those storms will move towards our region today however the same widespread severe weather is not expected.

That being said, scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon in a very unstable air mass over the Tri-State. Some of these storms could turn severe with damaging winds being the highest risk along with isolated hail. The storms are expected to develop southwest of Cincinnati and move in after 5 p.m. Until then, it will be a very hot and humid afternoon with highs pushing the upper 80s or possibly even lower 90s in some areas. The humidity may even make it feel like the upper 90s during peak heating by late afternoon.

Rain and storms with gusty winds will remain likely through most of the evening. A few isolated storms could persist overnight but the severe threat will drop down significantly after 10 p.m.

Going into Wednesday, the focal point for storms will shift southeast of Cincinnati but a few isolated showers or storms cannot be ruled out still. Highs will be cooler in the middle 80s and the humidity will return to comfortable levels by the evening hours.

Looking ahead to the holiday weekend, the weather is looking fantastic locally. Low humidity and fairly cool temperatures will be the rule through Saturday. Expect highs in the 70s Thursday moving into the middle 80s Saturday with lows in the 50s!

If you have travel plans, watch out for the NC/SE coast this weekend. Tropical Storm Arthur has developed this morning and is forecast to become a hurricane by Friday morning as it potentially skims the outer banks of North Carolina. Stay tuned for further updates.

Summer returns next week as the ridge of high pressure in the jet stream re-establishes itself.

Follow @mikegroenke on Twitter for the latest Cincinnati metro weather warnings should any be issued this evening.