Does anyone have the Monday blues? The morning and afternoon rain may have put a damper on any outdoor plans today...but it could be a lot worse, we're not dealing with severe weather. Just good ole fashion rain. Scattered showers continue across the region this afternoon. Some places won't see a drop while others may see constant rain from time to time. While it's giving me a headache, literally, my lawn is surely loving this rain!
First lets talk abou the rain because it will continue to impact us throughout the rest of the day and into the evening. The rain is also doing a number on our temperatures. It's a bit chilly! (Compared to the 90s in May:)
REST OF THIS AFTERNOON/EVENING
We'll continue to track a disturbance as it darts through the Ohio Valley from the North and West. An isolated storm can't be ruled out but for the most part this will be a rain maker, not storm maker. Rain continues from West Central Indiana through the metro and into Southeastern Kentucky. At times the rain will be constant and pretty heavy. Where the cloud cover remains thick temperatures will remain steady in the mid 60s...YES, mid 60s in June is possible. Areas that have been dealt some sunshine this afternoon have already topped out in the low 80s as of 4PM. Parts of Illinois, including St. Louis, have warmed into the low 90s! What a difference precip makes...rain cooled 60s here and some 30 degrees warmer to our West. Where temperatures have warmed into the 80s and 90s unstable air continues to breed. While the clouds and rain may be a bummer for some it's actually helping to stabilize our area as the threat for severe weather remains to our West. There's a slow moving front with an area of low pressure to our South and West...there's just enough going on to increase storm chances in those locations.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
Has been issued for parts of Western KY and Southern ILL...as noted above, this is where the most unstable air lies. This is also where we'll start to see storm development in the coming hours. The watch remains in effect until 11PM and does NOT include any of the WAVE 3 viewing area...but it's close, a county away. Any storm that develops in Western KY could contain heavy rain, gusty winds, and lots of lightning.
COOLEST AIR IN 15 YEARS
Today is the 4th day of June and it feels more like late April and early May. In fact, the average high temperatures of the last four days (including today) makes this start to June the coolest in 15 years! We'll continue the street of below average temperatures until we hit 80 late week. Just as soon as the cooler air arrived it will be quickly replaced with 90s by Sunday. Let the rollercoaster ride continue...enjoy! :)