We enjoyed a true late summer day Thursday, with a record-tying high of 86 degrees (equaling 1897). These readings are 20 degrees above normal for mid-October. The unseasonably warm southwesterly flow of air will become more humid over the next 24 hours, supporting several rounds of showers and storms.

The overnight low in the upper 60s will establish a record warm minimum temperature for the second morning in a row, staying well above the mark (62/1897).

Showers are moving into western Ohio tonight and will bring some rain for the start of the morning commute. After a midday lull, showers and a few embedded storms will become more numerous across western and central Ohio later in the day, some containing gusty winds, heavy rain, and possible hail. There may be a narrow window for a storm to rotate over the western part of the state, with the risk of an isolated tornado.

The strong cold front will slow down approaching from the west, as low pressure intensifies along the boundary and draws on remnant tropical moisture from former Hurricane Pamela, which struck the west-central coast of Mexico early Wednesday.

Rain, heavy at times, with a few rumbles of thunder will linger Friday night into Saturday morning, until the frontal system moves east, ushering in much cooler temperatures. We can expect up to an inch of rain.

Readings on Saturday will struggle to reach 60 degrees in the afternoon in a gusty northwesterly flow. Crisp conditions and plenty of sunshine will return Sunday and Monday, with highs in the 60s and morning readings in the 40s. Seasonably mild weather will return next.

Forecast

  • Tonight: Increasing clouds, warm, humid, showers late. Low 68
  • Friday: Mostly cloudy, showers, storms, possible severe lp.m., humid. High 77
  • Saturday: Showers early, breezy, much cooler. High 62 (53)
  • Sunday: Sunny, crisp. High 64 (44)
  • Monday: Sunny. High 68 (43)
  • Tuesday: Sunny. High 71 (45)
  • Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 70 (50)