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Hot, humid, and a bit unsettled today; a pleasant weekend is ahead

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Steamy with thunderstorm chances today

Warm, very humid air is hanging around the region today ahead of a cold front that is poised to push through the local area this evening, triggering thunderstorms and then ushering in drier, more comfortable air for the weekend. Expect occasional sunshine with a few showers and rumbles of thunder throughout the afternoon and evening. A few of those storms may become strong late in the day with one-inch hail and 60 mile per hour gusts possible. High temperatures will be in the upper 80s to lower 90s with heat indices in the 90s in most spots.

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.

Ted Schmidt

Morning and Noon Meteorologist

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