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Century Mark Coming Wednesday… Severe Storms Thursday

Posted By · July 25, 2012 at 5:27 am

Today will be the 9th time this year Indianapolis has topped out at 100 degrees or warmer.

Highs will top out around 102 today, but feel up to 110 degrees.  A Heat Advisory is in effect until 8pm.  Today’s record is 105 from 1934.  There’s a chance for an isolated shower or storm.

Tonight, temps only drop to the upper 70s.  It will be a warm and humid night.

Thursday, highs will reach the upper 90s, with scattered showers and storms developing, especially for the afternoon and evening.  Some storms may be strong to severe, all of Central Indiana is under a slight risk for severe storms.

Friday, scattered storms will remain with temps in the low 90s.

The weekend looks much cooler with highs in the upper 80s.

More rain could be coming our way early next week with scattered showers and thunderstorms moving into the forecast starting Monday.

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This morning’s rain dropped a few sprinkles across the Indy Metro, but to the north, it was a widespread path of 1-2″ rain along with severe storms. Several viewers posted their pics/video on our Facebook page. Check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Here’s a look at the track of storm reports/damage during the morning from Chicagoland to Kokomo to Muncie to Richmond. For a detailed listing:


Today, the extra clouds from this morning’s storms to the north will likely hold temps down in the 90s (80s to the north) There’s still a low-end chance for more isolated storms. Tomorrow, it’s a different story. With only isolated storm chances (mainly north) tomorrow, the heat will be ON! A HEAT ADVISORY goes into effect for most of Central Indiana with temps in the triple digits and heat indices over 105! Be careful!

Your WTHR-TV 7-Day features heat through Thursday, then late Thursday there’s a GOOD chance of widespread rain and severe storms are possible. By Friday, a leftover shower or storm can’t be ruled out, but temperatures will begin to cool. That paves the way for a nice-looking weekend for Race Fans! Saturday looks dry and pleasant with a high of 88 and Sunday looks mainly dry and just a bit warmer with a high around 90 for the Brickyard 400.

Finally, our Hoosier Pic at noon from Connie Brown of Knightstown…gotta love the Indiana Tumbleweed! Submit your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13.

Take Care,
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It’s a Record!

Posted By · July 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Our high so far today has been 102 degrees. That ties the record set in 1934.

0435 PM EDT WED JUL 23 2012



More heat and humidity will be with us through Thursday. We’ll also have storm chances. Isolated storms are possible overnight (especially north), scattered storms tomorrow, isolated storms on Wednesday (mainly north), and scattered storms on Thursday.

Hang in there!

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It’s another scorcher across Central Indiana! The temperature hit 93 at noon, with a heat index of 97. We were 5 degrees warmer today at noon than yesterday, which makes me lean toward a forecast close to 5 degrees warmer than yesterday’s high which hit 96.

That’s why I’ve nudged this afternoon’s high to 100 degrees in Indy. It could get even hotter for folks in Terre Haute with a high of 102!

A Heat Advisory covers areas from Terre Haute to Vincennes points west from 1-8 pm and an Excessive Heat Warning will be in effect from today through Thursday for the southwest part of the state. Heat index values 105+ will be possible. Here in Central Indiana, heat indices could reach 100+ this afternoon.

Most areas will stay dry today, but there is a slight risk of severe storms that now includes the Indy Metro. High winds and hail are the main threats with any isolated storms that fire late day – with a better chance overnight tonight.

Tomorrow, that slight risk of severe storms covers most of Central Indiana with scattered showers and storms possible.

By Wednesday, that risk lifts back northward as a front meanders across the state.

Our best chance of showers/storms could come late Thursday (severe possible the way it looks for now), then we get a break in the heat for late week into the weekend. That’s good news for spectators at the Brickyard 400. The day looks dry for Sunday with a high around 90, but Sunday night, some showers and storms are possible. We’ll be watching that timing closely as the race approaches.

Finally, our Hoosier Pic at noon from Jamie Fitch who shot this lovely sunset shot yesterday night in Spiceland. Submit your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Take care, keep cool, and keep an eye to the sky! We need rain, but we don’t want anything severe.

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Heat Builds, Storm Chances Increase

Posted By · July 22, 2012 at 10:57 pm

We hit 96 Sunday in Indianapolis and the heat and humidity will creep up even more for the work week. A Heat Advisory is in effect from Terre Haute to Vincennes Monday from 1 to 8pm, and an Excessive Heat Warning covers Southwest Indiana from Monday through Thursday. Heat index values may surge above 105 there…and we’ll likely have heat indices above 100 here in Central Indiana. Actual air temps may reach upper 90s on Monday for Indy, with 100 possible for Terre Haute and Lafayette and other parts of Western Indiana.

While most areas will stay dry Monday, there could be some storms crossing the northern tier of the state – some of those storms could be strong to severe and a Slight Risk of Severe Storms covers areas from Muncie to Fort Wayne points north and east. The best chance for Central Indiana to get showers and storms looks like Tuesday (Scattered) and again Thursday (late – possibly severe), but at least a 20% chance looks possible from Monday night through Friday.

A front moving through late Thursday/early Friday will bring cooler air into Central Indiana that could last into Brickyard 400 weekend. For now, I’m forecasting a high of 90 for race day with a slight chance of showers and storms late.

Finally, our WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic from Pamela Brearley who captured a Segway tour along the Indy Canal. Submit your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Have a great week!

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The 90s have become the norm this summer, and even warmer air is on the way.

Saturday was the 34th time we’ve hit 90 degrees or warmer.  We’ll add many more days to that tally in the coming week.  The record for the most 90 degree days was set back  in 1983 with 58.  We’ll more than likely come close  to, if not beat  that number this year!

Highs will reach the mid 90s today with partly cloudy skies.  There’s a 10% chance of an isolated shower or storm, especially in our Northern viewing area.  Most spots will stay absolutely dry, so don’t count on rain.

Tonight, temps drop to the low 70s with partly cloudy skies.

Monday, the heat is on.  Highs will reach the upper 90s, but feel like 100 to 105 thanks to the humidity.  The day looks dry with a chance of showers and storms late Monday night.

The mid 90s stick around for the rest of the work week with a 30-40% chance of showers and storms through Thursday.  Some storms may be strong to severe, so check back with the forecast often!

Isolated showers and storms may remain Friday and Saturday, we’ll keep an eye on the rain chances that won’t be drought busting, but will help Central Indiana.

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Another Heat Wave Begins

Posted By · July 21, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Despite our pleasantly cool start this morning in the 50s and 60s, we STILL managed to hit 91 degrees this afternoon. It was our 34th day of 90+ heat this year. The average is 15, last year we had 42, and the record to beat (which is feasible based on the way this summer has been going) is 58 set in 1983. Plan on another week’s worth of 90+ heat in your 7-day.

Temps to our west hit mid 90s to triple digits today, and some of that heat will be building eastward in the days to come.

While no advisories have been issued for Central Indiana, the far Southwest part of the state is under an Excessive Heat Warning Monday through Thursday where heat index values are expected to soar above 105!

As for rain, we will stay dry through the weekend, but we do have a chance of rain starting late Monday night with daily rain chances into Friday as a front meanders across the state. We need it! We’re running nearly 6 3/4″ below average since June 1st.

Though rain chances look decent for the work week, the 90-day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center does not give us good news. The August-September-October period is expected to be drier than average and our drought is expected to persist or even intensify.

Plan on mid to upper 90s tomorrow. Hot, but nowhere near the record of 106 set in 1901.

And get ready for the return of triple digits in spots like Lafayette and Terre Haute by Monday! Here in Indy, if we hit 98, we’ll be shy of the record 102 set in 1934.

Here’s a look at your WTHR-TV 7-day. Hot, humid, but at least there’s the hope for some rain!

Speaking of rain, you’ve gotta appreciate the humor of tonight’s WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at 6. Lynn Sim posted this on our Facebook Page guiding the rain to exactly the right spot! Actually, the sign is part of the Race Across INdiana bicycle race, but it’s still pretty funny. Submit your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Stay cool and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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The 90s Settle In & Rain Chances Return

Posted By · July 21, 2012 at 5:20 am

Get ready to start counting 90 degree days again.

Highs will top out around 90 today with mostly sunny skies.  So far this year Indianapolis has hit 90 degrees or warmer 33 times.  The average is 15, and the most in a year happened in 1983 when we topped 90 degrees 58 times.

Tonight skies remain mostly clear with temps dropping to the low to mid 60s.

Sunday will be more humid and much hotter as temps soar into the mid 90s.  There’s a 10% chance of an isolated storm, don’t count on rain in your backyard.

Monday the heat rolls on with highs in the upper 90s and a 20% chance of storms developing Monday night into Tuesday.

Tuesday through Friday, the mid 90s stick, but we’ll also be watching for a 30% chance for showers and storms each day.

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