Rain returns Thursday evening as milder weather arrives

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –Good Wednesday afternoon! It’s been a dreary day with fog and drizzle and temperatures in the upper 30s thanks to an inversion. An inversion is a warmer layer just above the surface that tends to “trap” the cold, more dense air at the surface. While visible satellite shows some clearing across Illinois, it may be a couple of hours before we see breaks in the clouds.

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Overnight we’ll see a mostly cloudy sky with patchy fog and lows in the low to mid-30s. Highs on Thursday will reach the upper 40s and low 50s.

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Warm, moist air will flow in from the south as a warm front advances north across our area Thursday evening. Showers and possibly a couple of thunderstorms are expected Thursday evening through Friday morning. Rainfall amounts of up to one inch are possible.

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Friday afternoon will bring spotty showers with highs in the upper 50s. Saturday will also be warm with highs in the low 60s. Definitely not typical of January! The record-high temperature for Saturday in Indianapolis is 68 degrees from 1906. A few showers can’t be ruled out with the possibility of a few thunderstorms across southern Indiana Saturday afternoon and evening.

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An unsettled weather pattern will continue into the weekend and next week with highs in the 50s and rain chances. The record-high temperature on Sunday in Indy is 64 degrees from 1964 and the record-high minimum temperature for Sunday is 50 degrees from 1999. We’ll see how close we get! –Danielle Dozier

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