The Storm Prediction Center has again placed much of the Tri-State under a threat for Severe Weather for this afternoon and early evening. In addition to the heat and humidity we've all become accustomed to of late, an advancing cold front will feed off that thunderstorm fuel and produce scattered showers and storms beginning early this afternoon. Some of the storms we see may produce strong winds and small hail - the greatest possibility of potentially Severe storms will occur between the hours of 2PM and 6PM this afternoon and evening. While the Severe Weather Threat will subside around dinnertime, some of us may continue to see some additional isolated showers linger though the night ahead.
Fortunately, once the cold front passes to our south during the predawn hours Saturday, our winds will shift and a cooler, drier air mass will begin to settle into the Ohio Valley and set the stage for an absolutely gorgeous weekend ahead. After seeing temperatures reach the upper 80s and low 90s each of the last four days with heat indices routinely pushing as high as 105° or 110°, Saturday looks as though it will be our most comfortable day here in the Tri-State in over a week. We'll hit an afternoon high of 85° in Evansville under gradually decreasing cloud cover with little to humidity. It'll be a perfect evening to grill out or grab a bite to eat - temperatures around dinnertime will have fallen into the upper 70s.
If you don't get a chance to make the most of our Saturday, don't fret - Sunday looks just as nice, if not more pleasant. Current model data suggest that temperatures will trend a degree or two lower than Saturday's with crystal clear skies and a breezy northeast wind flow. While dew point values may trend slightly higher Sunday afternoon, they're not expected to be high enough to make our anticipated high of 84° feel at all uncomfortable. As we all head back to work early next week, we'll be greeted with more heat, humidity and rain chances, so please do spend some time outdoors over the next 48 hours.