First the heat, then the storms

The first batch of heat arrives today
Posted at 1:37 PM, Jul 15, 2020

It’s been another beautiful day in the region, but things feel a bit different. Dew point temperatures are a little higher this afternoon making it feel a little more uncomfortable. Still, a warm day without rain has made for another opportunity to get outside.

Looking west, we can see our next shot at rain and thunderstorms. A couple of lows with a cold front sit on the opposite side of the Mississippi and will slide east through today. Showers and storms will make it as far east as Western Kentucky, but also Southern Indiana by this evening. A few leftover showers are likely through the early morning hours as today’s wave dies out. The cold front boundary will then move into Kentucky bringing us a better chance for rain and storms as the heating establishes through the day Thursday. Expect scattered thunderstorms with heavy downpours and a few strong wind gusts. Damaging wind is possible with the strongest of storms. The front will not clear completely going into Friday. In fact, the best chance for storms will be on Friday afternoon. Scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will again be the case with the same threats. Temperatures will cool slightly going into Saturday thanks to the front, but it will not be long after that the next heat ridge arrives bringing temperatures back to near and over 90 degrees.