Outside of some rainfall early this morning and a few isolated showers later in the day, it's been a gorgeous afternoon throughout the Tri-State with a good mix of sun and clouds with highs reaching only as high as the mid to upper 70s across the region. The rain chances we've seen however aren't expected to subside over the next few hours; in fact, the Storm Prediction Center has placed the majority of the Tri-State under a "1" on the Threat Index for this evening. The reasoning behind our designation? Proper conditions for the rapid development of potentially strong to Severe thunderstorms - this means while the majority of the Ohio Valley will remain dry during the evening and overnight hours, it's possible that an isolated shower or storm could produce strong winds and small hail during that period.
As far as our Thursday goes, it'll be quite similar to our Tuesday and Wednesday - scattered rainfall, partly to mostly cloudy skies and high temperatures in the mid to upper 70s; we'll hit 78° in Evansville on Thursday afternoon. Fortunately, the latest model data suggests that the last of our rain chances should exit north of the area between dinnertime and 9PM tomorrow evening, leaving us with drier, clearer and more pleasant weather moving forward. Our Friday looks nothing short of gorgeous; gradually decreasing cloud cover will give way to a mostly sunny to partly cloudy afternoon with peak temperatures reaching back into the low 80s for the first time since Tuesday.
Saturday and Sunday look even nicer! Higher pressure settling back in over the southeastern United States will provide the Tri-State with a breezy southerly wind flow and an ample supply of sunshine throughout the weekend ahead. Temperatures will surge to 86° on Saturday afternoon before jumping back up to 87° by Sunday! If the forecast holds, our afternoon highs over the weekend won't only be our warmest in a week and a half, but look as though they'll remain between 12° and 15° above average for this time of the year!