Storms Continue Through Weekend
SLIGHTLY DRIER, COOLER WEATHER ON TAP EARLY NEXT WEEK
Heavy rainfall greeted Columbus for the evening rush on Wednesday, with intense lightning and gusty winds observed as well. Scattered showers and thunderstorms brought similar conditions elsewhere in the viewing area. With the atmosphere set up basically the same through the early part of the weekend, showers and thunderstorms will be likely each day. The high heat and moisture content will provide for two hazards. First, outside the storms, heat index values will likely climb into the 100-105 range, making conditions hazardous for strenuous outdoor activities. Secondly, the moisure and heat will combine for high amounts of energy that will fuel showers and storms, with some again on the strong side. Gusty winds, heavy rainfall, and some hail will be possible in the strongest storms. Frequent dangerous lightning will be a threat with any thunderstorm that develops.
Prior to the storms firing, highs should reach the lower to perhaps mid 90s tomorrow and Friday. Lows will be in the lower to mid 70s.
Rain chances begin to decrease this weekend as a drier, slightly cooler air mass tries to infiltrate from the northwest. Isolated showers and thunderstorms will still be possible, but coverage and intensity will be greatly lowered. Highs will be in the upper 80s to lower 90s with lows a couple of degrees either side of 70 from Sunday into next week.
-Meteorologist Dana Barker