High pressure has shifted east while an area of low pressure is dragging a cold front into the Upper Great Lakes today.
Out ahead of this weather system, there should be plenty of thin cloud cover across our area. This may not do much to filter the sunshine at times. However, fair weather cumulus clouds and even some mid-level clouds will also join in, making the sunshine limited at other times.
Nonetheless, the day will be dry with the front still far to the west.
Southwest winds will set up between the two pressure systems. Wind speeds will be typical for the summer, coming in just over 5 mph with gusts of 15-20 mph.
Temperatures will get a small boost from the winds, but the partial sunshine should prevent it from getting too hot. Highs will mostly be in the low and mid 80s today. » Be sure to check out your local forecast on the Zip-Code Forecast pages or by downloading the free app and allowing location permissions. «
Clouds will thicken late this afternoon and this evening. A few scattered showers and storms will move into the area, possibly as early as the late evening hours. Scattered showers and storms will be more likely overnight, but many areas will still not see any rain.
There should be a lull in any precipitation Thursday morning. Temperatures will start the day in the mid 60s and push towards the low 80s. A new round of scattered showers and storms will pop up during the midday or early afternoon hours.
Conditions for thunderstorms and severe weather are not overly great, but an isolated storm could briefly have some strong winds or small hail. Again, not all areas will see rain given the marginal storm development conditions.
The chances for rain will diminish by the late afternoon, though a stray shower may linger into the nighttime hours and early Friday morning.
Pleasant Weekend, Hot Next Week
High pressure will build into the region on Friday and persist through the weekend.
Friday will have highs top out in the low 80s. Sunshine will gradually increase as the front pulls further away. Nighttime temperatures will drop to the upper 50s and low 60s, though some cooler pockets are likely.
Saturday will be quite sunny with some fair weather clouds mixing in during the daytime heating. Highs will be right on the seasonal average around 80 degrees. Overnight lows will dip into the 50s once again.
A southerly flow will set up on Sunday, pushing temperatures towards the mid 80s. Skies will remain a mix of sun and clouds.
By Monday, highs should be in the upper 80s with a few places possibly hitting 90 degrees. It should again be a sunny, quiet day.
A weather system will be possible on Tuesday with some showers and storms. At this time, the confidence in rainfall is low and could easily end up being a dry day. Temperatures will take a small step back, with highs in the low 80s.
Temperatures will quickly warm back up with highs in the mid and upper 80s Wednesday. Highs in the 90s are possible Thursday and Friday next week with an outside chance for some notably hot weather.
The high heat should last just a couple of days before temperatures moderate back towards average over next weekend and into the following week.