We finally got to enjoy some sunshine to end the weekend and temperatures bounced back quickly to more comfortable levels on Sunday afternoon. By 4 PM, we had surpassed the 50 degree mark here in Indianapolis and temperatures will continue to climb well into the early evening hours. There’s obviously no comparison to the temperatures we experienced on Saturday as we were running around 15 degrees warmer Sunday afternoon.
Tonight: Skies remain mostly clear overnight but temperatures will not be as cold. Lows should fall into the upper 30s across our area with winds from the south at 3 to 5 mph. High pressure is settled off to our south and that will not only keep things clear overhead but that same pressure center is helping to turn our winds back to the south.
Monday: Winds will pick up on Monday from the south at 10-22 mph and this will pump in warmer air. We are going to start the day with mostly sunny skies and light winds. But by 5 PM, skies should be partly cloudy ahead of the front headed our way and winds will be breezy. Temperatures top out in the mid to upper 60s on Monday thanks to warm air advection.
Monday Night: A cold front passes through Monday night into Tuesday morning bringing a small chance for rain and mainly a shift in the winds. Most of the weather models aren’t even picking up measurable precipitation here in Indianapolis for this event. But an isolated showers cannot be ruled out and it will definitely be gusty as this front passes through the state. Wind gusts up to 30-35 mph will be possible with the frontal passage.
Extended Forecast: Tuesday will be a little bit cooler behind the front, but still very nice and mild for this time of year. We’ll start the day with a few more clouds but those will decrease and skies turn partly cloudy for the afternoon hours. It will still be a little breezy throughout the day with winds from the west at 15 to 20 mph. But it’s definitely another day to get outside and enjoy.
Our weather pattern turns much more active from Wednesday through Friday this week. Shower and thunderstorm chances return for that stretch as an area of low pressure heads our way from the southern Great Plains. The warm front moves into the state on Wednesday bringing back cloud cover, showers and isolated thunderstorms. But that warm front is basically holding still for another day on Thursday but we’ll be on the warmer side of things this time. It still means mostly cloudy skies along with showers and thunderstorms for another day. Finally, this area of low pressure will move in a northwest path from Oklahoma to Missouri to Illinois on Friday. This keeps central Indiana in the warm wedge of the system for another day with on going showers and thunderstorms as the cold front associated with this system finally passes through the area.