Record Heat, Heat Advisory, Isolated Storm Chances

A Heat Advisory is in effect until 8pm tomorrow. Air temps will likely soar to around 100 with heat index values reaching 105+. Be careful out there!

Temps at noon were already 3 degrees warmer than at noon Monday. We hit a high of 98 yesterday, so it’s feasible we could hit 100, maybe 101 today! We were at 94 degrees at 1pm.

To tie today’s record set in 1887, we need to hit 100. To beat it, we need to hit 101. We could do it!

Here’s your hour-by-hour afternoon forecast.

So how hot has it been this year? Some impressive stats! We’ve hit 90+ 31 times (more than double the average). We’ve hit 95+ 14 times – will be 15 later today (more than triple the average). We’ve hit 100+ 6 times – later today will likely make 7 (more than 30 times the average!)

The heat eases a little in your WTHR-TV 7-day, but then builds right back next week. As for rain chances, we could pop an isolated storm this afternoon, but our best chance of rain come tomorrow afternoon as a cold front drops in – scattered showers/storms are possible with a 30% chance of rain. We could still have a few showers/storms Thursday with isolated rain possible Friday and again Tuesday.

Finally our Hoosier Pic at noon of the gorgeous cloud everyone was talking about last night! Thanks to Justin Morales for posting his shot of the cloud when it looked like a giant heart billowing in the sky! That storm in Hancock county did manage to drop some beneficial rain on areas from Cumberland to near Greenfield and New Palestine. Submit your pic here: or here:

Stay cool if you can!

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It’s a Record…98 Degrees So Far

We tied today’s record high of 98 degrees set in 1988, and we could watch temps climb a little more before the day is over.

And get ready for even MORE heat and humidity to come.

A HEAT ADVISORY has been issued for Central Indiana tomorrow from noon to 8pm. Temps near 100 with heat indices around 105 will make for a dangerously hot day!

Be careful out there!

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Prepare for Record Heat and Possible Triple Digits

What a way to warm up! Our low this morning was 74, we hit 82 at 9am, and climbed to 93 by 12:15pm. The record for today is 98 and that’s also my forecast for this afternoon. Heat indices around 100 are also possible. Stay cool if you can! The UV Index is very high at a “10” which means less than 15 minutes to burn if you’re unprotected.

The heat builds the next couple days and we could hit 100 both Tuesday and Wednesday which would tie 2 more records. We’ve already had 6 days of 100+ heat this summer. A cold front sinks southward on Wednesday bringing us our best chance of rain all week. Scattered showers and t-storms are possible, mainly afternoon to evening. Thursday and Friday we get a cool-down with highs dropping to around 90 each day along with isolated rain possible…but we could warm right back up through the 90s by the weekend.

Finally, our WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at noon today from the Lapel Village Fair that took place over the weekend. Daniel Paull took this pic of the Bumpy Barrel Ride in Downtown Lapel. Submit your pic! Post it here: or here:

Stay cool if you can and cross your fingers for rain!
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A Record Dry Spell, Plus Near-Record Heat Coming

We’ve tied the record driest dry spell…not something anyone is happy about. The previous record 45-day dry spell was .09″ from August 13 to September 26, 1908. Now this year, we’ve matched that with only .09″ falling officially for Indy from June 1st to July 15th. More records could also be reached. For example, if we stay dry through the end of Monday, we will tie the mark for driest starts to the month of July. That record is held by July 1901. We had some very isolated showers/storms Sunday, but most areas stayed dry. Expect more dry weather Monday and Tuesday. Our best chance of rain all week arrives Wednesday with scattered showers/storms possible as a weak cold front drops through.

Then there’s the heat. We may have finally broken our streak of 90+ highs when Saturday’s high missed the mark by one degree, but we started a new streak Sunday! The high hit 95 and we could climb a little more in the next couple days. Monday’s high could get close to a record. I’m forecasting 97 and the record is 98 set in 1988. Tuesday we could get even hotter with a high of 98 (spots like Lafayette could hit 100). The record for Tuesday is 100 set in 1887.

Heat and humidity and mainly dry weather will be the rule for the majority of your WTHR-TV 7-day.

Unfortunately, the outlook 6-10 day outlook calls for more drier-than-average and warmer-than-average weather.

We’ve now hit 90+ 29 times, 95+ 13 times, and 100+ 6 times this summer. And there is plenty of summer yet to go.

Hang in there!

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Heat Returns & Small Rain Chances Remain

Indy only hit 89 on Saturday, breaking our 17 consecutive days of 90+ temps. However, another round of counting is set to begin.

Indy only hit 89 on Saturday, breaking our 17 consecutive days of 90+ temps.  That makes it the fourth longest stretch in history!

However, another round of counting is set to begin.

Highs will likely reach the low 90s today with a 20% chance for a shower or storm.  Most spots will remain dry.

Monday and Tuesday highs warm into the mid 90s, it will be humid as well with partly cloudy skies.

Our next best chance of rain arrives Wednesday, with a 30% chance for scattered showers and storms.

After the rain, temps cool to around 90 degrees, with dry weather ruling the forecast through Sunday.

An interesting fact, in 2004 we had no days of 90 degree heat, so far this year we’ve hit 90, 28 times.  Last year we had a total of 37.

90+ Streak is Broken, Tracking More Rain Chances

After 17 straight 90+ days, our streak has ended (barely!) We only hit 89 on Saturday. Thank the extra clouds along with some showers for the cool-down.

Rainfall totals Saturday varied widely. Officially at the airport, Indy only received a Trace. But up in White County – a spotter in Monticello reported 4.06″! Morning rain was heaviest south of Bloomington, Bedford, and Seymour. Evening rain was heaviest from Eastern Hamilton County to Blackford County.

Heavy rain in parts of Grant, Blackford, Huntington, and Wells counties prompted a Flood Advisory ’til 1am Sunday.

And though no severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in Central Indiana, there was a storm in Blackford County near Hartford City that spawned a short-lived funnel cloud. The cloud never touched down. Here’s a link to video of the small funnel cloud:

What’s ahead in your WTHR-TV 7-Day? A new hot streak begins with the potential for at least another week’s worth of 90s, plus more rain chances. Isolated showers and storms are possible Sunday, scattered showers and storms on Wednesday, and some leftover showers or storms possible Thursday.

Finally, two great WTHR-TV Hoosier Pics to share. At 6pm, I aired this cool shot from Cathy Jones in Russellville (Putnam County) which finally got some rain.

At 11, I aired this celebration of rain in Lawrence courtesy of Steve Simonsen. Submit your pic here: or here:

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Weekend Rain Chances

It’s not the widespread soaking rain that we need, but we do have chances of rain in the forecast this weekend.

It’s not the widespread soaking rain that we need, but we do have chances of rain in the forecast this weekend.

Highs will top out around 90 degrees today with a 30% chance of scattered showers and storms.  The day won’t be a washout, but would we really complain if it was?  Expect partly cloudy skies and isolated storms as we head into the afternoon.

Tonight, isolated storms may stick around as temps drop to the low 70s.

Tomorrow the low 90s are back, along with a 30% chance for showers and storms.  Through the weekend spots will be lucky to get .25″ of rain, and isolated areas with thunderstorms could pick up more.  Not everyone will see rain.

Monday and Tuesday sunshine and highs in the mid 90s return.

As of Friday, Indianapolis has seen 17 days in a row of 90+ temps.

Wednesday, we have another shot at showers and thunderstorms.

Temps remain around the 90 degree mark as we head into next weekend.

Don’t Count on Much Rain This Weekend

The hope for much-needed rain is growing a little dimmer today as computer models are backing off on our chances of rain for the weekend. Most are now bringing less than 1/10″ to Central Indiana and shunting the majority of the rain to our south and east in Kentucky and Ohio. Southeast Indiana might still get 1/4-1/2″, but areas north and west of Indy could possible go dry all weekend.

That’s sobering news as we’re currently in the longest dry spell in 104 years! If we don’t get any measurable rain through Sunday, we would tie the record for longest dry spell. That is a possibility unless we get lucky.

Another record in jeopardy is the stretch of consecutive 90+ days. We set the record last year with 23 in a row. We’re currently at 16 and today could make 17. Tomorrow is the most likely day to *not* hit 90, but if we don’t get rain, I have a hunch temps might squeak up to 90 yet again. Your 7-day forecast reflects the change.

Finally our WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at noon…a rainbow over Warren Township yesterday emailed from a viewer named Laurence. He missed the rain, but got a spectacular view of this rainbow!

Take Care and hang in there!
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Rain Chances Return

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are coming back in the forecast, unfortunately, the track of the system is changing, and that equals less rain for Central Indiana.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are coming back in the forecast, unfortunately, the track of the system is changing, and that equals less rain for Central Indiana.

Bottom line… as we go through the weekend some spots will stay absolutely dry while others could pick up, up to .50″ of rain.

With a sunny start to the day and into the early afternoon highs will top out near 90 again today.  You’ll feel the humidity build into the afternoon.  This afternoon scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible into tonight.

Tonight lows drop into the upper 60s with a chance for scattered showers and storms.

Saturday and Sunday scattered showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast as temps top out in the upper 80s to around 90 degrees.  Again, not everyone will the rain we need so badly.

Next week we kick off Monday and Tuesday with highs in the low to mid 90s as the heat builds back in.

There is almost a daily chance for showers and storms through Wednesday, but they will be scattered in nature, not the widespread soaking rain we need.


Big Changes Are Coming

Today will be our was our 26th day of 90+ degree heat. Last year we had 37! While we’re looking for more 90s today, but something is changing in the forecast, a decent chance for rain!

Today will be our was our 26th day of 90+ degree heat.  Last year we had 37!  While we’re looking for more 90s today, but something is changing in the forecast, a decent chance for rain!

The low 90s are in the forecast with mainly dry conditions today.  There’s a chance of an isolated storm in south central Indiana.

Right now we are in the longest dry spell in 104 years.  From June 1 to July 11, only .09″ of rain has fallen in Indy.  The National Weather Service has crunched all the numbers, click here for a great overview of just how dry it is.

Tonight skies will be partly cloudy with temps around 70.

Friday, scattered showers and storms will develop in Central Indiana.  We have a daily chance of rain through next Tuesday.  Friday through Sunday we could see isolated severe storms, as temps cool into the 90s!  Up to an inch of rain is possible. 

We need at least six inches of rain to help with the drought.  As of right now Indianapolis is running more than 8 inches below normal when it comes to rain.

That said, any rain is good rain and we’ll take all we can get!