The active “ring of fire” pattern will continue into today with a few more chances for some stronger episodes of thunderstorm clusters through Thursday morning before we finally get a break to start the upcoming weekend.
Already this morning an active cluster of severe thunderstorms is passing just to our south ahead of a warm front. This front will be lifting northward this afternoon across the area and may spark a few scattered thunderstorms, otherwise partly cloudy and muggy conditions are expected with highs reaching the middle 80s. Heat index values will likely climb into the 90s for much of the afternoon with little in the way of a breeze to cool things down.
Later on this evening into the overnight hours a cluster of thunderstorms may develop just to the west/north of the area and quickly grow and progress off to the east/southeast. This storm cluster may bring with it the threat for damaging winds, hail and heavy rainfall later this evening, especially after 10pm. A slight risk is in place by the Storm Prediction Center for this potential threat.
Wednesday will bring another chance at strong to severe thunderstorms developing over the area, depending on what happens with the morning thunderstorm complex. The same frontal boundary will be hanging around the area and extreme amounts of instability are expected to be in place. Depending on where the front lies and where a capping inversion exists, the potential is there Wednesday afternoon and evening for more severe thunderstorms in the area producing torrential rainfall and hail along with damaging winds. A slight risk is also in place for Wednesday.
After a chance for thunderstorms on Thursday morning it appears the front will move further south and take the thunderstorm chances with it leading up to a break into the first part of the upcoming weekend. The heat will look to return by Sunday into much of next week along with chances for more active showers and thunderstorms.
Keep an eye on future forecast updates regarding the severe potential through Thursday morning.