Good afternoon and happy (not so) warm start to May. Not only are temperatures chilly for this time of the year, but it's also breezy. Comparing things to this time yesterday, we are around 10 degrees cooler. That trend will hold true today, where highs only find the upper 50s to low 60s. Our usual average is the mid 70s.
Further comparing our usual average to what is expected today, Tuesday, and Wednesday, highs will be running between 10 and 20 degrees below normal. Some locations could even be near record minimum highs. The one good thing is, frost/freeze potential will be more limited even with the cooler air.
The reason for this comes from the large trough, or upper low, entangled across the Great Lakes. This will lock in intermittent cloud cover over the next couple of days, while keep things breezy again Tuesday, and cool through Wednesday. Once this breaks down and moves out, warmer air returns Thursday, highs in the low 70s, along with sunnier skies. It will be short lived though, as another disturbance inches back in late work week and into the early weekend. As of now, temperatures look to remain in fair shape during this time, averaging in the 70s Thursday through Sunday. Frost can't be ruled out Wednesday night, so be sure to have those tender plants covered into Thursday morning.
Breezy west winds will continue today and tomorrow, blowing between 10-20 mph with gusts between 30-40 mph not ruled out. Things slacken into Wednesday where a slight bump in temps will find the area. The real warmth doesn't return until Thursday, lasting through at least the weekend with a few showers possible Friday and Saturday. Check out our video forecast below for more information.
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