Talk about a prefect end to the weekend. We may have started the day with some patchy frost but we finished off the afternoon with beautiful sunshine and warmer temperatures. Check out the picture to the left which was taken early this morning in Rush County. Clyde Maxwell captured some of the early morning frost that some of you saw but thankfully it wasn’t a widespread event. Temperatures ended up in the mid to low 60s on Sunday afternoon which still left us below normal for this time of year. We should be looking at daytime highs in the mid 70s for mid May.
Lows tonight fall into the mid to low 40s, so not as cold as this morning and no worries about frost tonight either. High pressure is still sitting over head so skies should be clear overnight and winds will be coming in lightly from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Skies start mostly sunny on Monday but we’ll see a few more clouds rolling in that afternoon as a warm front starts to lift closer to our state. It shouldn’t arrive until late Monday night so that keeps out the chance for rain in our area on Monday. Temperatures will be warmer again for our area, climbing up to 70°. It will be another beautiful day to get down to the track for Indianapolis 500 practice runs.
We could see some isolated showers early Tuesday AM as the warm front lifts through the state. This should be confined to the pre-dawn hours. The bulk of the Tuesday forecast will be partly cloudy, dry and warmer as temperatures increase into the upper 70s. We’ll be in the warm wedge of our latest low pressure system which means more warmth and a southwest wind at 5 to 12 mph.
The cold front associated with this system moves into central Indiana on Wednesday resulting in scattered showers and thunderstorms. This chance will be in throughout the day but the better window for rain activity looks to be Wednesday afternoon and evening. An isolated chance for rain will linger into Thursday morning south of I-70 as this system continues to exit the state. But many of you will see a rain-free forecast on Thursday. Skies are expected to turn partly cloudy and temperatures top out in the mid 70s.
Race weekend will soon be upon us. Extended weather models can be a little fickle, so please check back with us throughout the week to get a more defined weekend outlook. But from what the models are hinting at tonight, we could be looking at temperatures in the mid to upper 70s for race weekend with mostly sunny skies. Let’s hope that holds because it would make for a picture perfect weekend at IMS.