It was an absolutely gorgeous afternoon throughout the Tri-State, but despite our seemingly endless supply of sunshine today, temperatures remained more than 10° cooler than the norm for this time of the year. Fortunately, today's peak temperature of 65° represents our coolest anticipated afternoon high temperature through the remainder of our extended forecast. While it is indeed encouraging that temperatures will gradually rise through the rest of the work week into the weekend ahead, we'll still have to deal with temperatures back down into the upper 30s and low 40s early Thursday morning.
Clear conditions paired with our northerly winds overnight will drive the mercury back down to 41° by the time we step out the door early Thursday in Evansville. Sunny skies however, are expected to again provide the Tri-State with another round of pleasant conditions for Thursday afternoon. That being said, our pesky northeasterly winds will again keep temperatures from reaching that evasive 70° mark (something we haven't topped in nearly two weeks); we'll only tip the scales at 68° Thursday, still well short of the day's average high of 76°.
The core of higher pressure responsible for all of our sunshine these next few days will begin to slowly pivot eastward by Friday. As that occurs, our pesky northerly wind flow will shift toward the south. Even winds between 0 and 5 mph from the south will make a considerable difference for the Tri-State on Friday afternoon. We'll see nearly as 30° swing in temperatures between Friday's morning and evening commutes - after seeing a morning low near 43°, the mercury will climb back above the 70° for the first time since May 3rd - we'll hit 71° in Evansville as we wrap up the work week.
Friday evening looks as though it'll be a perfect start to the weekend as well - temps will have only fallen into the mid 60s by 10PM that night, making for a perfect evening to grill out. As that aforementioned core of high pressure further distances itself from the Tri-State overnight Friday and into Saturday, cloud cover is expected to settle back in over the region. While our Saturday looks like it will remain primarily dry, there are some hints that we could start to see scattered rainfall return to the Tri-State as early as late Saturday evening. Let me tell you though, you'll want to make the most of the dry weather while it lasts; the extended forecast is plagued with periods of scattered shower and thunderstorm activity starting Sunday and (as long as the longer-range model data holds) lasting through into the next weekend.