Heating up – warmest of season arrives Wednesday with near record temps

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HUGE TEMPERATURE TURNAROUND

Area temps early Monday morning fell into the 30’s bringing widespread frost and for the first time in 8 years the city officially recorded back to back nights in the 30’s in the month of May.  Temperatures surged Tuesday behind a warm front rising 45 to 50 degrees in under a day and a half.  At 5pm area temps topped 80° with 82° in the city and as warm as 85° in Muncie.

ADI Temps

5PM Tuesday Temps

4th 80° DAY OF THE SEASON

Tuesday marked the 4th time this season at or above 80° – the first since May opened.  To date last year 13 days had already reached 80° with 7 alone in the month of March!  By months end last year there were 11 80° days in May with 3 days topping 90°.

AS FIRST FORECAST: WARMEST OF SEASON ARRIVES WEDNESDAY

The long advertised warm up has started Tuesday and will peak Wednesday as the thermometer is forecast to climb to 86°.  Temperatures this warm typically come by middle to late June and well above the normal of 72° for this time of the year.  The record is within reach Wednesday – 88° set in 2001.

Jet Stream

Forecast Jet Stream brings warmth

SO WARM SO FAST

Compressional warming in full effect.  Skies were 100% sunny over central Indiana Tuesday and temperatures were climbing fast.  Quick warm ups like this have more in play then a southwest wind.  Air, like any gas when compressed heats up.  The air spread across the Rockies sinking in the high plains compressed, heated up and surged east.  Sinking air prevents clouds to develop.  The combination of the jet stream flow aloft and an approaching cold front has set the stage for 90 and 100 degree heat in nearby Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and even into Minnesota.

BLAZING HEAT OUT WEST

Stunning warm up across much of the central U.S. over the past two days with 90’s on Monday and now several cities break the century mark.  not only remarkable for the time of the year but some locations just 11 days ago received record late season snowfall have jumped to 100° or higher.

Regional Temps

Tuesday Temps

STORM CHANCE RISING

A front will slowly settle into the state Wednesday evening bringing the threat of showers and thunderstorms by late day.  A more unsettled pattern will take hold with daily rain “chances” on the rise.  Weekend forecast has a threat for thunderstorms but no all day rain is expected.  Future forecasts this week will better time those rain chances and locations.