RIGHT NOW: Overall, the weather pattern is not changing that much with a trough in the East and ridge in the West. If we can get the ridge to build around here, we would be dealing with hot temperatures and drier weather, but thanks to the trough, clouds, showers, and cooler temperatures have been the rule lately. The radar network is fairly quiet at this hour, however, across the Valley:
Because of clouds and rain, our highs were held down in the 70s and lower 80s today. The high of 80 in Columbus will go down as the coolest high temperature for this date. Here's a check of 7 PM ET numbers:
Tonight, I would expect most spots to stay dry, but do look for areas of fog forming after midnight.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: Rain chances will be on the decrease for the next couple of days - we're expecting a 40% coverage on Tuesday and only a 20% coverage on Wednesday. Highs should be a little warmer as well, with mid to upper 80s on Tuesday and upper 80s and lower 90s by Wednesday with a decent amount of sunshine.
THURSDAY: It looks like another disturbance coming down from the north and west will serve to increase rain chances across the area on Thursday, so like the past few days, we'll lower the high temperatures into the 80s to account for more clouds and showers nearby.
FRIDAY & THE WEEKEND: A drier and warmer weekend is in the forecast for us since we should be 'in-between' storm systems. We'll be left with our average summer weather with hit or miss showers and storms in the afternoon and evening with highs in the lower 90s.
NEXT WEEK: Another disturbance will serve to increase shower and storm chances around here by early next week, but we'll take that with a grain of salt. Figuring out the timing and placement of showers and storms this far out (and even being able to be specific about the arrival of systems that will enhance our rain and storm chances) is extremely difficult, so we'll be watching things closely for you.
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Chief Meteorologist Derek Kinkade, WTVM / WXTX