Despite the cloud cover and isolated rainfall earlier today, this afternoon was 4° warmer than our peak temperature on Wednesday. That increase kicked off a warming trend that is expected to last into the weekend ahead, leaving us with temperatures between 8° and 10° above the norm for this time of the year. Scattered cloud cover will linger for your Friday morning before clearing tomorrow afternoon, helping to drive the mercury back up to 79° in Evansville as we wrap up the work week. If you plan on attending any of those football games Friday night, temperatures should be right around 70° at kickoff.
In addition to the sunshine Saturday, a breezy southwesterly wind flow will boost temperatures back into the mid 80s area wide; we'll hit 84° in the River City that day. Sunday looks even warmer! Prior to the arrival of rainfall that evening, afternoon highs will reach their highest point in a week and a half; that's 85° in Evansville. The anticipated rainfall Sunday night will arrive ahead of an advancing cold front. The cold front will continue to produce rainfall into next Monday as well. The lingering rain and cloud cover paired with the cool air mixing in behind the passage of that cold front may only allow temperatures to reach the upper 60s that day!
Our long-range model data indicates that a core of high pressure stalled over the Great Plains and that stubborn Canadian air mass settling in following the cold front will likely keep temperatures between 5° and 20° cooler-than-average during the ensuing 5 or 6 days. Afternoon highs may even struggle to reach the 60s at times and overnight lows during the first week of October could flirt with the upper 30s! Enjoy the warmth while it lasts!
Wear Your Mask.