Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
Break out the sunscreen, convertible tops and air conditioning.
We’re headed for instant summer again today with temperatures soaring to 81 degrees under partly sunny skies.
It’s is already a mild 65 this morning in downtown Cincinnati, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington. That’s two degrees warmer than the normal daytime high for this time of year.
Be sure to get out and enjoy the weather this afternoon because a big change is coming Thursday as a cold front rolls in from the Mississippi Valley.
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The front will bring the potential for severe and possibly damaging storms packing winds more than 60 mph and quarter-size hail, said meteorologist Jeff Sites.
Tornadoes also cannot be ruled out, although they are not the main threat.
“You can never rule out a tornado when a thunderstorm comes through,” Sites said, “but right now the chance appears to be low.”
Rain and thunderstorms should develop by late morning and into the afternoon. Downpours could be heavy at times. In all, we could see up to an inch of rain accumulate by Friday morning.
The high temperature will be 71.
Overnight, the mercury will plunge behind the front to a low of 45 degrees by dawn Friday.
The daytime high will struggle to reach 53 degrees, but it will be partly cloudy and dry.
Friday night will be downright cold with the low slipping to 36, just a few degrees above freezing.
The sun will return this weekend, but temperatures will remain cool for this time of year. Highs will be in the low 50s and 60s with overnight lows falling into the 30s again Saturday night.
Temperatures should warm up again by early next week. Highs are expected to climb back into the low 70s with overnight lows in the 50s.