Summer-like warmth continues across the region all ahead of a cold front sitting out to the west that will bring a good chance for some heavy showers and thunderstorms as we close out the work week followed by cooler but dry conditions for this upcoming weekend.
Radar and satellite this morning shows a complex of showers and thunderstorms moving through much of central Iowa. This complex will play a critical role in determining not only our high temperatures for this afternoon but it could also serve as the focal point for thunderstorm development in the local area as we head through the afternoon. As of right now it appears increased cloud cover will lead to cooler high temperatures today, only in the lower to middle 80s. By this afternoon scattered thunderstorms will become possible however most of the stronger storms will remain off to the west of the area.
By this evening we'll still hang onto some scattered showers and thunderstorms at times, some of which could contain some heavy rainfall.
Friday still looks quite wet with off and on showers and thunderstorms. The Storm Prediction Center has outlooked the area for a marginal risk of severe storms, with a higher risk just off to the south and west. A few of the storms, especially Friday evening, could contain large hail and damaging winds along with heavy rainfall. Look for coverage and intensity to increase late Friday afternoon and especially Friday evening as a disturbance forms along the cold front and moves up near the area. Highs tomorrow will be cooler with all the clouds around, in the middle 70s.
The upcoming weekend still looks very pleasant as we'll clear out the majority of the cloud cover by Saturday afternoon as the cold front and associated disturbance continues to push out of the area. Highs will be cooler, around 70 with a refreshing northwest breeze. Sunday features increased amounts of sunshine and pleasant temperatures continuing in the lower 70s. Overall another beautiful weekend in store.
Have a great Thursday and upcoming weekend!