Back to work, and back to the 80s today, for the first time since Friday. A weak cold front goes through in the morning, bringing an early to mid morning period of some (much needed) showers and storms to central Indiana. Radar will then grow quiet, and you can have lunch outside today, unless you’re doing Skyline Chili in Cincy.
Humidity will drop noticeably in the afternoon, and stay that way this week. Temps will move down to average Wednesday, and below normal Thursday and Friday. Our next chance of rain starts Thursday afternoon and shifts into high gear Thursday night. Early projections for THAT rainfall are optimistic: 1-2 inches across central Indiana. Even if we had two inches we’d still be a little below average for the month. Typically we have 4.97 inches by now. This May, it’s 2.20 inches. If we miss the mark late this week, the drought will really start to take hold across more and more of Indiana. Gentlemen, DON’T start your fireworks?
One holiday at a time, I guess. The heat on Memorial Day heat blew up records across 16 states.
Indy missed the all-time Race Day record by two degrees, but two other cities lapped us easily in the “all-time” department Sunday. South Bend’s high of 97 is the new all-time record for May, and Fort Wayne’s 96 was also a new all-time high for May. Both cities went on to set additional record highs Monday.
Chicago had its warmest May day since 1934, also soaring to 97 Sunday. Also setting Memorial Day Weekend records: Toledo, Detroit, Flint, and Cleveland.
Indy didn’t set any record during our three-day stretch of 90s. We lagged surrounding cities every single day, with 90 Saturday, 91 Sunday, and 92 Monday. Nevertheless, it was still hot and sunny as expected. It was the hottest “500″ Race Day in 59 years. That’s why Marco’s boots were made for meltin.’
The average high today in Indianapolis is 77 and the average low is 57. The records are 93 and 36. Sunrise is at 6:20 and sunset is at 9:05.
The index is lower than the last few days, but still in the “very high” category at “9.”
Grasses, Mulberry, and Walnut are the stars of today’s Pollen show. The count is “Medium-High” through Thursday, lowering to “Medium” Friday.
DETAILED INDIANAPOLIS FORECAST:
Today: Morning shower and storm chances, then becoming mostly sunny by afternoon, with less heat and humidity. High 86.
Tonight: Clear and cooler! Low 60.
Wednesday: Partly to mostly sunny. High 76.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 51.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a slight shower chance, mainly in the afternoon. High 71.
Thursday Night: Good chance of rain. Low 56.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. High 66.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 53.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 69.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Low 56.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 76.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 61.
Monday: Partly cloudy. High 79.