Yesterday we hit 68° for a high temperature and missed a record by only 3°. A renewed surge of southwesterly flow will send us to 70° this afternoon and that will beat the record of 67° set back in 1989 if we do so. The winds as this happens this afternoon will be quite impressive, sustained at 20-25 mph at times with gusts up to 40 mph in select locations.
The low-level winds being so fast will be concerning for the showers that move in this evening, as they'll be able to tap into these winds and bring some gusts down to the surface. No severe weather is expected, but folks especially south of Louisville will see some gusty showers with thunder at times. Showers move out overnight tonight after midnight and Monday morning is dry and cooler. Lows tonight will be in the 40s and highs tomorrow in the mid 50s behind the cold front.
Tuesday is still on our radar as a day to watch for strong to severe thunderstorms. The Storm Prediction Center has placed us under a continued Slight Risk of severe weather for Tuesday (see right) with an Enhanced Risk southwest of us from Tennessee to the Mississippi Delta region. Damaging winds will be the main threat here, but an isolated tornado can't be ruled out given the wind shear available here. The greater tornado risk exists in the Enhanced Risk area to our southwest since there will be more instability and more favorable timing there. Timing on these storms gives us a window of early evening on Tuesday to about midnight Wednesday morning. Areas east and southeast of Louisville may hold on to these storms just a bit longer after midnight, but the front and storms clear us by early Wednesday as temperatures drop through the 30s during Wednesday afternoon.
While temperatures will be more winter-like for the rest of the next workweek, could we have some snowflakes and even colder weather next week? More in the video below.