Chill eases soon, warmest of the year still on track

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COOLEST OPEN TO MAY IN YEARS

The sluggish upper low centered over southern lower Michigan brought more clouds and scattered showers to much of the eastern U.S.  As first forecast last week, May 2014 opened well below normal and below 60°.  The high of 54° was the coolest for a May 1st in 19 years (1995 51°)

Madis_Temps

6 PM Thursday afternoon. Coldest open to a May since 1995

 

THROW BACK THURSDAY?

The high temperature Thursday was more typical for mid to late March, 54° the normal high for March 22.  To date the average temperature in Indianapolis since January 1st is only 32.9°, coldest “start” to a year since 1979 and ranks 6th all time coldest!

 

The cold lingers overnight and into Friday with a bit of a repeat performance expected for Friday.  Clouds will increase by late morning and by lunchtime the mostly cloudy skies could produce a few scattered showers during the afternoon and into the early evening.  High temperatures will once again hold below 60°

FOX_Futurecast

Scattered showers possible again Friday afternoon

 

WEEKEND OPENS MILDER

Skies will brighten Saturday morning and temperatures will respond, warming into the upper 60s – ideal weather for spring activities and great weather for the thousands participating in the mini marathon.  Temperatures this year will be near the normal high of 69°.  Just 2 years ago the mini was run under high humidity and very warm air, May 5th 2012 reached 81 degrees and only the 5th time the marathon ran reaching 80° over the past 20 years.

 

There are some rain chances this weekend but most of the weekend will be rain free.  A southbound moving cold front Saturday night into Sunday could bring some rain.  Shower chances look best Sunday afternoon or evening.

 

WARMEST OF 2014

We have the green light again off overnight computer runs for warmest of 2014 and first 80(s) degree days since early October, if you can’t take anymore of the chill, relief is on the way – summer level warmth coming.  The normal date of the first 80° has passes, April 21 and there have been 209 days since the last 80 (October 4th) – the stretch ranks 51st all time.

EURO Wx Map Weds May 7

EURO weather map 8 AM next Wednesday. Could prove to be the warmest air of the year