Heat returns for Thursday along with shower and storm chances

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --Good Wednesday afternoon! Another beautiful day across central Indiana with fair-weather cumulus and temperatures in the mid-70s. The thermometers have rebounded nicely after lows this morning in the 40s in spots!

Morning Lows

Wednesday night will be on the cool side again with lows in the mid-50s with a clear sky and light southeast winds.

Thursday's weather will feature increasing clouds and winds shifting from southeast to southwest. A warm front will lift across the area Thursday evening and become a focal point for showers and t-storms. Some of the storms may be strong to severe late Thursday afternoon and evening across northern and north-central Indiana. Storm risks include large hail, damaging winds and an isolated tornado.

RPM 4 km Precip Type

RPM 4 km Precip Type

Models show the potential for what we call a MCS, or Mesoscale Convective System to move through northern and central Indiana Thursday night into Friday. It's basically a fancy word for a cluster of t-storms that tend to bring heavy rain and high winds.

Thursday's highs will be near 80 degrees with dew points in the mid-50s and increasing.  The heat and humidity will really build into the weekend as highs on Friday top out in the upper 80s with dew points in the mid-60s. This is due to a ridge of high pressure building out west and southerly flow increasing moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.

Explainer Graphic

Plan on staying hydrated as temperatures will crack 90 degrees on Saturday and upper 80s on Sunday. We'll have slight storm chances this weekend with the heat continuing into next week. --Danielle Dozier

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