Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
We’re off to a cloudy and muggy start this morning, but strong storms with heavy downpours, lightning, small hail and winds gusting 50 mph or more are expected tonight.
The heaviest rain will come anytime around or after 4 p.m., just before the annual German-themed Oktoberfest Zinzinnati gets underway at 5 p.m. on Fifth Street, Downtown. The storms will continue into the late evening, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
One or 2 inches – the result of a Canadian cold front coming in – could accumulate by early Saturday, said meteorologist Ashley Novak. The overnight low will be 65.
It’s already 68 degrees this morning at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron. Across the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, it’s a bit cooler at 63 degrees.
We’ll make it up to 79 degrees by lunchtime, and top out around 84 degrees by 5 p.m.
Another half inch of rain could fall by Saturday afternoon before the front moves out of our region, leaving cooler temperatures.
Saturday’s daytime high of 72 will be about 12 degrees lower than today.
Saturday night will feel downright cold with the low plunging to 50 or 49 degrees.
The sun will make a welcome return on Sunday as the Cincinnati Bengals face the Green Bay Packers in a sold-out 1 p.m. home game at Paul Brown Stadium. The mercury will only climb to 68 degrees.
Sunday night will be cool again at 48 degrees.
Looking ahead to next week, daytime highs will increase slightly into the 70s with overnight lows hovering in the 50s.
It looks clear and mostly sunny through Thursday.
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