The temperature has made it up to 95 degrees as of 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon making it officially the hottest day of 2013 (so far) in Columbus! Not only that, this morning’s low of 75 degrees was the warmest low temperature on record for this day. You will have to sweat through one more day of the heat before a refreshing change later this week.
A Heat Advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. this evening because the heat index will at times exceed 100 degrees. A few pop up storms are forming along a subtle shift in the winds this afternoon just northwest of I-71. Isolated storms will remain possible everywhere through the early evening hours just because of the extreme heat and humidity in the atmosphere. Any storms that form will produce a large amount of lightning and torrential rainfall. It will be another hot night with the temperature not getting below 80 until after midnight and lows dipping down into the middle 70s.
A cold front will approach the region Wednesday night into Thursday. Ahead of it, scattered thunderstorms will be possible Wednesday. These will still be widely scattered so not everyone will get hit. Temperatures on Wednesday will once again hit the lower and possibly even middle 90s. When combined with a tropical-like air mass (characterized by dew points in the lower 70s!), it will feel more like 98-102 degrees. Try to stay cool by minimizing time spent out doors and drinking plenty of water.
The cold front will bring a good shot at rain and storms for most folks by Thursday. Forecast models are showing a slightly slower frontal passage than previously thought. This will shift the best chance of rain into the late morning through middle afternoon hours. It still looks like we should dry out by the evening. Highs will reach the lower to middle 80s.
A big time change is coming to the weather by Thursday night! Temperatures will likely not make it out of the 60s on Friday! Expect widespread 40s by Saturday morning with outlying areas getting down into the lower 40s. The cool weather will stick around for the entire weekend and so will the sunshine! Interestingly enough when you average the 90s from today and tomorrow with the 60s from later in the week, you get close to our “normal” high. Check out the info graphic in the slideshow.
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