Steamy with thunderstorm chances today
Warm, very humid air continues to flow into the region today ahead of a storm system and its associated cold front approaching from the west, priming the atmosphere for thunderstorm chances across the area. Clouds will thicken this morning with a chance of scattered thunderstorms across the area for the latter part of the morning through the early afternoon as a weakening line of thunderstorms from the Plains along that cold front rumbles through the area. At this point, it looks like severe weather won't be a concern locally as that activity will be running into a less favorable environment, so expect a few showers and rumbles of thunder from around 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM before the activity becomes much more isolated and sparse in nature through the mid-evening when the cold front moves east of the area.
Even with extra clouds and some showers in the area, high temperatures will reach the lower 90s with heat indices in the mid and upper 90s. A moderate southwest breeze ahead of that front will make the humidity feel a little more bearable than the past couple of days as it occasionally reaches 15 to 20 miles per hour.
Less humid this weekend
Cooler, drier air will pour into the region late tonight and early Saturday behind the cold front, bringing relief from oppressive humidity to our area. We'll enjoy abundant sunshine throughout the day Saturday as high pressure settles in from the northern Plains. High temperatures will still be on the warm side for this time of the year, it won't be quite as hit and much, much less humid for this weekend and the days that follow. Expect afternoon high temperatures in the mid-80s Saturday with a moderate northwest breeze that will be just a little gusty at times as that crisp dry air blows in from the Plains.
Sunday will be a little warmer, but still crisp and dry with high temperatures in the lower 90s and just a light westerly breeze. Dew point temperatures will remain in the 50s which is very much in the comfortable range for this time of the year.
Sunny and warm next week
An upper-level ridge of high pressure will linger in the region throughout next week, meaning very warm air will be allowed to build into the Upper Midwest, but at this point, it doesn't look quite as hot as this week has been thus far. High temperatures will be in the upper 80s to around 90 degrees all week, which is more than ten degrees warmer than the mid-June average. Humidity levels will, however, remain on the lower end of the seasonal spectrum with dew point temperatures in the 50s instead of the 60s and lower 70s we've dealt with this week. A weak cold front next Thursday will trigger a few late day and evening thunderstorms and that looks to be the only rain chance in the area for the entire upcoming week.
Here is your morning weather update from Meteorologist Ted Schmidt: