It's been an absolutely gorgeous day throughout the Tri-State; sunshine and a pleasant northerly wind flow kept conditions comfortable throughout our Thursday. Higher pressure camped out over the Great Plains continues to pump cool, comfortable air into the Ohio Valley and will continue to do so for at least the next 24 hours. The rest of the evening will remain mostly clear and cool as temperatures gradually dip toward 64° around 10 PM before tumbling into the mid 50s by Friday morning. As long as the forecast holds, our anticipated low of 55° in Evansville would mark our coolest recorded temperature since the predawn hours of June 23rd (when we also bottomed out at 55° that morning).
The (arguably) chilly start to our Friday will set the stage for another cooler-than-average afternoon across the Tri-State. By our lunch hour, you'll be able to shed the light sweatshirt from tomorrow morning's commute as temperatures around noon will have risen to 79° or so under clear to mostly sunny skies. Southerly winds are expected to return to the Midwest as that aforementioned complex of high pressure kicks to our east late tomorrow morning. The shift in wind direction is only expected to boost temperatures a degree or two higher for Friday afternoon; the real effects from the southerly wind flow won't be felt until this weekend. As for Friday night, conditions couldn't be better. If you're headed out to any of those high school football games across the Tri-State tomorrow evening, you're in luck - expect a kickoff temperature near 75° under clear skies!
Temperatures will surge as we head into the weekend - following a morning low of 61° early Saturday, the combination of sunshine and southerly winds will drive the mercury back into the upper 80s throughout the Tri-State; we'll top out at 88° in Evansville on Saturday afternoon. Sunday looks even hotter - the latest model data suggests that we'll surpass 90° in the River City for the first time in nearly two weeks! It looks as though we'll hit 92° that afternoon. Fortunately, even though those southerly winds will remain a constant though the weekend and well into next week, it doesn't look like the oppressive gulf humidity will be accompanying the heat. So, we got that going for us, which is nice.