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The 80s, the 90s and the Storm Chances

Our hottest weather of the year will be followed up by our next round of showers and storms.

Posted: May 24, 2021 7:17 PM

It was a hot one today, in fact our hottest of the year thus far - today's high temperature of 89° was the highest recorded in the River City since the last time we saw 90° (that was on September 10th of last year). As a result, the evening ahead will be a mild one; temperatures will only fall as low as 77° or so by 10PM. Overnight low temperatures near the mid 60s (66° in Evansville) will again give the mercury a running head start Tuesday, allowing afternoon highs to surge back into the upper 80s and low 90s tomorrow afternoon! Current model data suggests that we'll eclipse today's high of 89° and head straight to 90° Tuesday. If that forecast holds, not only will it mark our hottest day of 2021, but also our hottest day in eight and a half months!

The added warmth will be accompanied by some more moisture as well. The combination of heat and humidity tomorrow afternoon could produce a few sporadic and short-lived showers - I'm not expecting these rain chances to be all that widespread nor impact the Tri-State in any significant way. The best chance for pop-up showers tomorrow will occur between the hours of 2PM and 6PM Tuesday. Fortunately, the evening should be a primarily dry one, so as long as you don't mind spending some time in temperatures ranging between 85° and 88°, you may want to fire up the grill Tuesday evening.

Wednesday looks as though it'll be slightly cooler - afternoon highs near 86° however are still expected to be warm enough to fuel shower and thunderstorm development. The latest projections indicate that a cluster of shower and thunderstorm activity will fire up along the I-70 that afternoon and race southeastward into the Tri-State. Not all model data is in agreement however, so we're going to keep a close eye on Wednesday for the potential for strong the even Severe thunderstorms that afternoon and early evening; the more model runs we see in the coming hours will give us a much better idea of what we're looking at. Regardless of the outcome, due to the added heat and humidity Wednesday, we should prepare for scattered showers and storms that afternoon.

Evansville
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 48°
Owensboro
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 47°
Princeton
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 49°
Madisonville
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 50°
Jasper
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 49°
Just another day in paradise; afternoon highs again topped out in the mid to low 70s across the Tri-State under a mix of sun and clouds. If you have plans out and about this evening, make sure to grab a jacket before you head out - after seeing temperatures near 64° around dinnertime, the mercury will dip to 57° by 10 o'clock before falling all the way back down into the mid to upper 40s early Wednesday morning. Sure, tomorrow morning's lows of 47° will represent our mildest start to a day since this past Friday, but it's still going to make for a cool start to our midweek nonetheless. The combination of sunshine and southerly winds however, will help drive temperatures back into the low 70s by lunchtime - if you're planning on lunching outside Wednesday, make sure not to do so in the shade. Wind gusts near 15 mph at times during our lunch hour will make for a chilly brown bag lunch outdoors.
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