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Summer like heat could lead to storms

Our recent dose of heat will be slightly tempered by the risk for thunderstorms.
Our recent dose of heat will be slightly tempered by the risk for thunderstorms.
Mike Groenke

We have been getting a nice dose of summer for the past few days in central Ohio! Yesterday’s high of 86 degrees was just shy of the record of 87. High temperatures this afternoon will continue to climb into the middle and possible upper 80s once again under partly cloudy skies. Today’s record high is 89 which we will likely not quite reach. You can expect dry weather for the remainder of the day and another very warm evening.

A cold front will slowly push east towards Ohio on Friday. This means that clouds will increase along with chances for storms. A few scattered showers or storms cannot be ruled out at any time on Friday but the highest chance will be after 4 p.m. With building moisture and some modest wind shear in the atmosphere, a few strong storms with gusty winds and small hail are possible. However the highest risk for severe weather will be west of Ohio. Highs on Friday will be cooler only in the upper 70s. If you have any plans outdoors Friday evening, be prepared for scattered thunderstorms in the area.

That same front will weaken and begin to wash out just south of us this weekend. An isolated storm or two could pop on either day but right now the forecast is calling for generally dry weather. Highs will be near 80 on Saturday and back into the lower 80s for Mother’s Day.

We will see a return of summer-like weather next week as highs once again soar well into the 80s. A much stronger cold front is currently forecast to move in by the middle of the week. This will bring a good bet for thunderstorms and what appears to be a big time cool down for the end of next week. Just a heads up for next weekend (16th-18th), much cooler weather may be in the cards with highs dipping back down well into the 60s! Stay tuned for the latest forecast updates.