Warm and humid again today
Warm, humid air continues to flow into the region today on southerly winds ahead of a storm system and cold front that will take aim on our area later tonight. Expect occasional sunshine and clouds throughout the day with high temperatures in the mid-80s. With the heavier humidity added in, it will certainly feel warmer than that as heat indices will be mainly in the upper 80s and lower 90s. Those south winds at least will help to stir that air a bit, occasionally reaching 20 miles per hour in the midday and afternoon.
Severe storms possible this evening
A line of strong thunderstorms is expected to erupt to our northwest late in the afternoon, migrating into our area for the evening hours. Enough instability will build up this afternoon to keep our atmosphere primed for strong storm development locally right around sunset. The threat for storm development in our area will be from 7:00 PM until midnight with large hail and damaging wind gusts of 60 miles per hour possible to go with perhaps some locally heavy rainfall. Temperatures behind the cold front will drop quickly to the 50s after midnight with a mild northwest breeze.
A bright, mild weekend
Slightly cooler, less humid air will blow into the Upper Mississippi Valley from the northwest over the next couple of days, making for a bright and pleasant weekend weather picture in our area. High temperatures will be in the upper 70s with a comfortable northwest breeze and dew point temperatures will dip into the crisp, dry 50-degree range.
A mild work week is ahead
High pressure will settle in for the early part of next week, bringing bright sunshine and dry, crisp air from Canada meaning we'll have comfortable humidity levels for several days. High temperatures will be in the mid to upper 70s through the early and middle part of the week before warmer air builds in late in the week. A cold front may trigger scattered thunderstorms by next Friday and that stands as the only decent rain chance in the next seven days after tonight's expected activity.
Here is your morning weather update from Meteorologist Ted Schmidt: