Another round of rainfall put a damper on our Thursday, especially for those of us along the Ohio. A slow-moving line of showers and thunderstorms generated heavy rainfall and strong winds at times gusting as high as 50 mph. Fortunately, the worst of that storm was relatively short-lived and the remainder of the evening should be a primarily dry one. After seeing temperatures reach the mid to upper 70s for many of us earlier this afternoon, the mercury will sit closer to 70° around 7PM before tumbling to 65° around 10 o'clock. Overnight lows will fall back into the upper 50s and low 60s throughout the Tri-State early Friday morning. While the latest model data does suggest that some of us may see some scattered rainfall again early tomorrow morning, the last day of the work week looks as though it will be quite pleasant.
Any lingering rainfall should clear the Tri-State by 8AM or 9AM Friday morning, leaving us with gradually decreasing cloud cover and an absolutely gorgeous afternoon ahead. Peak temperatures will climb back into the upper 70s and low 80s for the most of us; we'll hit 81° in Evansville Friday afternoon. By the time those high school football games kickoff, temperatures will have dipped toward the mid 70s - fans in the stand can anticipate a kickoff temperature near 76° under mostly clear skies. Despite the mild temperature during the 1st, you still may want to bring a sweatshirt; by the end of the games Friday night, temperatures will be flirting with the mid 60s in spots. The clearer skies late Friday and overnight will allow the mercury to dip back into the low 60s yet again, setting the stage for what will be a stunning Saturday and Sunday.
The combination of clear skies and southerly winds over the weekend is expected to help drive temperatures to their highest point in near a month! Our average high temperature along the Ohio this time of the year is about 73° - on Saturday afternoon we'll find ourselves nearly 15° warmer than that! Our projected high of 87° will be our warmest since August 29th and just 2° shy of tying the record for that day set back in 1939! Sunday looks warmer yet. The sunshine and southerly winds will stick around as we wrap up the weekend ahead, helping to push the mercury even higher across the Tri-State - if the current forecast holds, Sunday's high of 89° will be our hottest since August 13th and will break a record set back in 2010!