HOT AND HUMID THROUGH THE AFTERNOON

SCATTERED SHOWERS AND STORMS THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING

RAIN AND STORMS LIKELY THURSDAY, COULD BE HEAVY AT TIMES

LOWER RAIN CHANCES BY THE WEEKEND

Today: Times of clouds and sunshine. Hot and humid with scattered afternoon storms. Highs 85-91. Winds west 10 mph or less.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with isolated showers possible. Patchy AM fog.  Lows 62-67. Light wind.

Thursday: Rain and thunderstorms becoming likely. Breezy at times and humid. Highs 78-84. Southwest wind 5-20 mph.

Thursday Night: Breezy at times with scattered showers and storms possible.  Muggy.  Patchy AM fog.  Lows 64-70.  Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

Weather Summary:

The heat is here to stay, but now the typical summer-time humidity is back in action. A cold front has been moving ever so slowly towards the area, with little to no push to help it along the way. A low pressure system will ride along this front and be a main weather feature on Thursday.  Moisture ahead of this system will allow for scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon/evening. A few strong storms are possible with heavy rainfall, gusty winds, small hail, and frequent lightning.

On Thursday, this weather system will make its way closer to our area, providing us with a chance for more widespread showers and storms. Rain is most likely starting off scattered late on Thursday morning, and lasting on and off through early Friday morning.

The main threat at this time would be for heavy rainfall and gusty winds, especially during the afternoon and evening on Thursday. Rainfall totals through Thursday night look to be around 0.5" to 1.5". A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for southeast Kentucky through Thursday night, but localized flooding is possible area-wide.

Leftover moisture and cloud cover will provide another chance for rain on Friday, especially earlier in the day, with improving conditions expected later in the day.

If you’re already thinking about the weekend, it looks as though things will dry out for most of us. High temperatures will moderate, in the mid 80s, this weekend.

Another cold front swings by, providing a chance for rain Monday into Tuesday.  Details will become clearer on that in the next few days.

Recap: Highs in the mid 80s to lower 90s Wednesday, then low to mid 80s Thursday through Tuesday. Lows in the 60s all week.

Our average high is 85°, low 64°.

Meteorologist Chris Michaels