A line of scattered storms settle southeast late Thursday afternoon bringing drenching downpours and a few damaging wind gusts. The line of storms will lose steam before 8 pm and exit southeast into Ohio.
The storms brought damaging winds into Jay Co. Radar indicated gusts to 60 mph. Sgt Josh Stephenson of the Portland Police Department sent these photos of tree damage late Thursday afternoon.
New storm complex is in development over Wisconsin late day and will likely bring more storms into portions of the state by early Friday morning. As the core of the heat shifts east in the coming days, the storm threat will be deflected north and east with it.
We officially reached 90° in Indianapolis Thursday - potentially the first of 8 straight days of 90° highs. Combined with a dew point topping 75° (equal to that over Central America) the heat index reached 99°. That equaled the highest so far this year.
Hotter temperatures and sustained levels of humidity will bring higher heat indices of 105° to 110° Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. A Heat Advisory is in effect from 10 AM Friday through 8 PM Saturday. Current forecasts suggest the advisories will be extended into Sunday and Monday.
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The hot pattern will relax sightly starting Monday into Tuesday. A weak cold front will pass late Monday and ease the humidity levels Tuesday afternoon. The hot weather is expected to linger through much of next week.