More scattered storms, but no relief from the heat

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COLUMBUS QUICK FORECAST

  • Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms early, then becoming partly cloudy. Low 72
  • Wednesday: Hot, sticky, scattered storms. High 95
  • Thursday: Partly sunny, steamy, stray storms p.m. High 94
  • Friday: Partly cloudy, humid, storms likely. High 93
  • Saturday: Partly sunny, slight chance for afternoon pop-up. High 88

FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Good evening and happy Tuesday!

It’s been a hot, humid day with afternoon thunderstorms firing off across the area, and we’re not done with this trend.

For the rest of the afternoon and evening, we’ll be keeping and eye on the radar. While we are not expecting a widespread severe threat, there have already been a few storms work their way across the area capable of producing 60 mph wind gusts and hail. Non-severe threats with these storms include a widespread threat for lightning and pockets of heavy rain.

As we head toward sunset and start to lose some of the heat from the day, the chance for showers and storms will start to clear out.

Just like last night and this morning, we won’t catch much of a break from the heat and humidity. Lows tonight will again only fall down to the 70s.

Tomorrow, Thursday and Friday will look very similar to today. After a warm and steamy start to the day, we’ll quickly jump back up into the mid 90s alongside a mostly sunny sky.

By the afternoon, we’ll see heat and humidity combine to give us another round of pop-up showers and thunderstorms. High temperatures will reach the low to mid 90s, but feel a lot more like 95-100 degrees.

Wednesday, we will also be under an air quality alert. Air quality will fall to a level that is unhealthy for sensitive groups like anyone with asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues. The best advice for people in these categories is to limit time outside, especially doing strenuous activities outside.

Late Friday into Saturday, a front will move through the area, giving us a widespread chance for showers and storms. While it will break our streak of days reaching 90 degrees or higher, it won’t provide much relief.

This weekend, high temperatures will stay warm and climb to the mid to upper 80s. The chance for showers won’t be as widespread, but still can’t rule out a few afternoon pop-ups.

Stay tuned to NBC4 news and our NBC4 mobile weather app for the latest of the heat and storms.

Have a great evening!

-Liz

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