Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:

  • Today: Partly cloudy, sticky, pop-up storms later, high 88
  • Tonight: Showers & storms tapering, low 72
  • Tuesday: Partly cloudy, hot, humid, high 94
  • Wednesday: Hot, humid, high 96
  • Thursday: Hot, humid, afternoon pop-ups, high 93
  • Friday: Mostly sunny, milder, high 85

FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Happy Monday!

We start the workweek off with increasing humidity and hot temperatures. We’ll see high temperatures a few degrees above normal on Monday, topping out in the upper 80s, but our heat indices or “feels like” temperatures will be closer to 90-95 degrees today. Because of the heat and high humidity, we’ll also be tracking the potential for strong to severe storms with increasing instability throughout the day.

This severe potential will arrive in two rounds. The first will be more pop-up in nature, arriving late afternoon into the early evening, and the next round arrives late evening into the overnight hours. Currently our entire forecast area is under a slight risk for severe weather, with strong damaging winds being our greatest threat, but also watching the potential for large hail, localized flooding, and the lower end tornadic potential.

Shower activity tapers early Tuesday, but humidity continues to rise. We’ll see partly cloudy skies with daytime highs topping out in the middle 90s. Heat index values will be between 100 and 105 degrees on Tuesday. Wednesday will be a similar story with some sunshine and “feels like” temperatures above 100 degrees.

Thursday will still be warm, with highs in the low 90s, and heat index values between 95 and 100 degrees, but by the afternoon and into the evening, we’ll be tracking the potential for pop-up storms as a cold front approaches. That cold front will finally bring us some relief from the heat, bringing our humidity down, and knocking our temperatures back down into the 80s as we head into the weekend.

-McKenna