Temperatures surged into the upper 80s throughout the Tri-State earlier this afternoon. Breezy southerly winds paired with an ample amount of sunshine drove temperatures to their highest point in nearly a week; with dew point in the upper 60s, it felt hotter than 90° for many of us. The summer-like heat is indeed expected to linger for our Thursday as well - after falling only as low as 72° in Evansville early Thursday, that sunshine and southerly wind will again take over, driving temperatures past 80° by 9 AM and into the upper 80s around our lunch hour Thursday. Afternoon highs are expected to surpass the 90° mark, making for our hottest day since July 6th. Worse yet, tropical humidity along the Ohio will make our high of 92° feel more like 100° at times Thursday.
A cold front responsible for a rash of Severe storms across Iowa and an anticipated threat of Severe Weather for portions of the Midwest Thursday, will slowly inch southeastward toward the Tri-State during the day tomorrow. While we may see a stray shower or two tomorrow, the cold front won't reach our supply of heat and humidity until at least Friday. Showers and storms firing up ahead of the cold front early Frida afternoon may produce gusty winds and even small hail - as for now, the Storm Prediction Center has yet to place portions of the Tri-State under a threat for Severe Weather, but the latest model data suggests that Friday's storms may have all of the earmarks of a strong to Severe storm threat, so we'll watch that day closely.