Gloomy Start to Week
MUCH-NEEDED RAINFALL AND STORMS TODAY AND TUESDAY
The weather today will be fitting for a Monday. Cloudy skies will be the rule with scattered showers and thunderstorms becoming more numerous in the late afternoon and evening as a disturbance approaches the area from the west. The rainfall and cloud cover will keep temperatures down in the lower to middle 80s today, well below average for this time of year. In fact, Sunday’s high of just 80 degrees in Columbus was the first time we had seen a high temperature that low since early May.
More showers and storms are in the offing for Tuesday and Wednesday, but on a more scattered basis each day. A cold front will work its way through the area midweek, putting an end to the rainfall and bringing us mild overnight lows in the 60s for much of the area for both Thursday and Friday mornings. Dry air, however, heats more efficiently than humid air, so with the decreased moisture and increased sunshine, high temperatures will actually be WARMER behind the cold front, topping out in the lower to middle 90s for the end of the week.
A quick peek at the Labor Day holiday weekend has a slight chance for showers and thunderstorms with near-average temperatures in the lower 90s for highs and the 68-74 range for lows.
-Meteorologist Dana Barker