T minus 3 hours until it's officially Monday meaning...it's DERBY WEEK! Woo hoo! Here's to all of the hard work, fun excitement, and craziness this week. The WAVE 3 weather team and news department will be all over the place this week and we're looking forward to bringing you great coverage all week long. With the excitement comes a weather dependant forecast. Lets jump right into it...we'll start with tonight then I'll delve into your Derby week forecast.
There's a warm front that will continue to push Northward in the overnight. This will keep temperatures mild tonight with lows in the upper 50s and low 60s region wide. Partly cloudy skies will be the norm for all of us and while widespread rain isn't expected an isolated shower or storm can't be ruled out all together. With a front in the area a stray shower or storm is possible especially North and West of the river. As of 9PM it's 50 degrees in Chicago, 71 in Louisville, and 77 in Memphis...the temperature spread will remain impressive all week long.
It's Monday! The most notable difference in the forecast will start as early as tomorrow. The heat torch is about ready to ignite. Temperatures will soar tomorrow well into the 80s. Southerly winds combined with some sunshine will allow temperatures to top out in the mid to upper 80s region wide. With the heat comes increased humidity and storms. Scattered showers and storms are possible tomorrow afternoon into tomorrow evening. A SLIGHT RISK of severe storms has been put in place by the Storm Prediction Center. The main threats with any storm that fires wil be large hail, damaging winds, and dangerous cloud to ground lightning. As far as who will see what first? Our Indiana counties are likely to see showers/storms in the afternoon with a better chance for our Kentucky counties to see storms into the evening and overnight. We'll monitor it closely for you as we head throughout the evening and tomorrow.
Temperatures will warm even more by mid week. The humidity will be high...it will feel sticky and uncomfortable. With the abnormally warm air (we should be at 73° this time of year) storms are expected to pop. There's a storm chance in the forecast almost everyday this week. Thankfully I DO NOT expect any of the next seven days to be a wash out but there will be several storm chances. This will include storm chances on Oaks and Derby. It's still a few days away and with several fast moving disturbances in the area, the timing of these storms will need to be watched as change is likely. Stay tuned to WAVE 3 for the latest. We'll be covering everything Kentucky Derby this week...and of course we're you're official channel for the Kentucky Derby! :) Have a great week.