Temperatures are soaring this afternoon thanks to a southerly wind and abundant sunshine. We’ve warmed into the upper 70s low 80s and will reach a few more ticks before the sun sets. The best news is the summer-like heat is in place, but without the sticky summer humidity that will be here in a few short months. Precipitation has been nonexistent on the MaxTrack Like Doppler Radar.
The heat will begin to diminish as we make our way towards the weekend. Cloud coverage, wind direction changes, and rain will be the result. Rain showers and storms will arrive through the day Thursday, and there will be at least a moderate chance through Mother’s Day weekend. Thursday will have one of the best chances as showers move in both morning and evening. The initial line will be “washing out” as it crosses I-75. Still, moderate rain showers are possible along with a few rumbles of thunder. A second line of storms will move in later in the day. The little bit of heat we receive will help to sustain storms as they cross Western and Central Kentucky. Storms could push borderline severe criteria in the evening. Most of these severe storms will be west of our forecast area. That being said, damaging wind gusts and some hail are both possible. Torrential rain and lightning are also expected with storms Thursday in the evening.