It was another beautiful start to the day with even cooler temps than yesterday morning in the widespread 50s. Yet, a warm southerly wind flow will lead to this afternoon being hotter than yesterday as highs reach the Mid-Upper 80s. Average highs should be in the Mid-Upper 70s this time of year; so, temps will be 5-10 degrees above average. It’ll also be a tad more muggy, but not oppressive. This warm up will take place ahead of an approaching cold front that’ll cross early Thursday. There will be additional clouds in the sky today as the front gets closer, and a few morning showers may dance across Western KY. Otherwise, only spotty showers are possible this evening for areas closest to the Ohio River (including Louisville).
The best statewide chance for rain will be after Midnight affiliated with the previously mentioned cold front as it crosses our state. Areas near the Ohio River should be done with rain by sunrise Thursday, but showers could linger around Central & Southeastern KY through late morning. Rainfall estimates up to .25″ are possible with this system, but localized areas (especially across W. KY) could get around a half inch which is much needed. Otherwise, in the wake of the front, expect afternoon clearing with highs in the low 80s.
Friday into early next week, another HOT pattern takes shape as an upper level ridge of High Pressure builds over the Eastern 1/2 of the U.S. Highs will hit the 90s each day during this time-frame, and records will be challenged. So, enjoy the cooler weather because Summertime heat will take over Fall really soon.