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FRONTAL RAIN: We’re just a day away from some big time summer like heat and humidity, but today a warm front will move across the state.  Ahead of the front, expect clouds and some rain today.  A generally cloudy day with scattered showers is in store for us early.  As the front shifts northbound, we do expect some peeks of sunshine and scattered thunderstorms to develop by afternoon.  Highs today should touch the low 70s to the north and east, and middle to upper 70s are possible to the south and west.  Any sunshine later in the day will help to ramp up the temperatures quickly.  We’re clearing the showers this evening and clouds break a bit overnight as we drop to the low 60s with areas of fog.

HEAT WAVE:  A heat wave in our area is defined by three or more consecutive days with a temperature of at least 90°.  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday may very well help us meet that criteria.  Wednesday, we’re partly cloudy with the shot and an isolated storm in the afternoon.  Warmer air ridges in and we hit the upper 80s for highs.  Thursday we’re sitting under the edge of an upper level warm high pressure.  Expect highs near 90° with low rain chances, a few clouds and high humidity.  Friday, we hit the low 90s with a repeat performance of muggies.  Saturday, we’ll thicken the cloud cover a bit as the high breaks down a bit and a front nears.  We should still make it to 90°.  A storm may fire late in the day.

Heat Bubble

An upper level high will wedge north, suppressing rain chances and ramping up the heat for the end of the week.

Next Few Days

Highs will make it to the low 90s from Thursday through Friday.

NEXT COLD FRONT:  We’ll be watching the progress of a cold front Sunday into Monday.  Its timing and strength are TBD still due to the strength of the heat bubble from late in the week.  Do expect less warmth Sunday with highs in the middle 80s and even less warmth Monday with highs near 80° as the front moves though.  Clouds build and scattered showers and thunderstorms come into the picture.  We look a bit more seasonal for next week as we roll into June.

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– Jeff Jumper, WPMT Fox43 Morning Meteorologist
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