Warm sunshine, then thunderstorms today
Abundant sunshine coupled with an unseasonably warm air mass is pushing our temperatures well into the 80s, and in some cases, the 90s this afternoon. While humidity levels will remain fairly comfortable throughout the day, temperatures will warm quickly into the mid and upper 80s across the area which is about ten degrees above the seasonal average.
As a cold front moves in from the northwest, we'll see a few isolated thunderstorms develop and move into our area, mainly after 5 PM. We'll have a few scattered storms around the area through sunset, a few of those possibly becoming strong to severe with large hail and damaging winds the primary concerns. Better chances of storms will be after sunset as a couple of lines of storms roll through the area.
Mild sunshine for Friday and the weekend
Cooler, drier air will again make its way into the region for Friday, making for a very pleasant end to the workweek across the area. Expect mostly sunny skies through the day tomorrow with afternoon high temperatures around 80 degrees and a slight northwest breeze that will keep blowing that crisp, Canadian air into the Midwest.
The weekend looks mostly pleasant with high temperatures close to 80 degrees. We'll enjoy sunshine all day Saturday under high pressure before slightly more unsettled weather moves in for Sunday. A weak storm system will graze the area, triggering a few showers and isolated thunderstorms late Sunday morning and afternoon with sunshine off and on through the day. High temperatures will be in the lower 80s Sunday afternoon with a little more humidity in the air.
A hot start to next week
Warm, humid air will build into the region for Monday under a ridge of high pressure. Temperatures will be the warmest of the week with afternoon readings soaring into the upper 80s and lower 90s across the area.
A cold front is expected to slide into the region by Tuesday, bringing a chance for showers and thunderstorms across the region. There is a chance that extra moisture associated with Tropical Storm Cristobal that is currently in the Gulf of Mexico will be streaming into the Upper Mississippi Valley. That may make for an extra soggy Tuesday for us with heavy rainfall possible.
Cooler late next week
Cooler, drier air will settle in behind the cold front for the middle and latter portions of next week and it looks like temperatures may slip back to more seasonable levels in the mid 70s for several days.