2pm Monday Update

It is mostly sunny, breezy and warm across central Indiana.  2pm temperatures were in the upper 70s and lower 80s.

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There is cooler air moving our way and we can see it with the latest satellite/radar view.  That cooler air is over the northern Great Lakes.  Along the boundary separating that cooler air from the warmer air we have, there are a few showers and storms.  Most of the storms have stayed north so far.  There is only a slight chance for a stray shower or storm locally.  Most of the area will be dry, with cooler air arriving tonight.

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Big Weekend Forecast

The SkyTrak13 Weather Team continues to analyze a warm, humid and unsettled weather pattern going into the big weekend.  Right now if we had to pick the best chance for storms with the most coverage, it would be Saturday afternoon and evening.  There will be an axis of instability moving across the state during that time and it will be the best trigger for rain and a few storms.  Let’s walk you through your weekend.

Most of your Friday night will be dry, with that axis of rain and storms still west.  It will be warm and muggy with overnight temperatures in the upper 60s.

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You will notice rain chances showing up on FutureTrak13 late Friday night and early Saturday morning.  We are timing a few showers and a few rumbles of thunder from about midnight through about 8am.  This may impact parade set-up Saturday morning.  There will be some dry hours before that better chance for scattered storms after 2pm Saturday and through Saturday evening.  These storms may impact the big concert at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Legends Day.

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All of our latest analysis has this axis shifting east for Race Day.  We still think heat will be the bigger story, with temperatures climbing into the upper 70s by 10am and into the lower 80s for the green flag.  Highs will reach the middle and upper 80s.  Right now there is just a slight chance for a stray storm Sunday afternoon.  We have Memorial Day dry and warm, with highs in the middle and upper 80s.  Have a happy and safe holiday weekend.

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Friday Forecast and a Look Ahead to the Race

We continue to track rain and storms across Iowa and Missouri late Thursday night.  For now these complexes of storms are staying to our west and moving more NE than E.  There is a slight chance for a few areas of rain and a few rumbles of thunder on Friday morning from about 6am to 10am.  If this develops, we don’t expect it to last long.  We do expect lots of dry hours on Friday between 11am and 4pm.  With the heat of the day, there will be a few storms developing late Friday afternoon through Friday evening.  Here is the latest timeline with FutureTrak13.

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If you are going to Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, look for our weather updates and Live Doppler 13 Radar on the big screens.  You can also have Live Doppler 13 Radar at your fingertips through the SkyTrak13 Weather App.  I would pack the app, some water, and an umbrella or poncho just in case.  It will be warm and muggy on Friday too, with highs in the 80s.

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The parade is Saturday and right now we have a similar forecast.  Warm and muggy, with a few late day storms possible.  Here is the parade forecast for Saturday.

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Race Day is Sunday and it is the 100th running of the Indy 500.  Heat will be a story, with race temperatures 83-87 degrees.  There is a chance for a couple of storms later in the day, but right now we have lots of dry hours for Sunday.  We will have the hour by hour timeline for you on Friday.  This warm and muggy weather pattern will last through Memorial Day.

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Friday Night and Your Weekend Forecast

It has been a cloudy Friday and the clouds and a few showers stay in the forecast through Friday night.

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The good news is this weather system will stay far enough away from central Indiana, we miss the heavy rain.  The bad news is this system is close enough for a few showers Friday night and Saturday.  There will be more dry weather than wet weather, so go ahead and make your outdoor plans.

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If you are going to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for qualifying on Saturday, expect a mix of clouds and sun.  A stray shower is possible, with temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s.

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Sunday will be sunny and warmer, with highs in the upper 70s.

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Next week will be even warmer, with highs in the 80s.  Storm chances return on Wednesday.

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So Far So Good For Fast Friday

At 3pm, it was still dry at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  We are tracking some showers west of Indianapolis and a larger area of steadier rain south and east.  There is still a chance for a stray shower before gates close on Fast Friday.

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If you have Friday night plans, it will be cloudy with a few showers and in the 60s.  We still have the chance for a couple of showers in the Saturday forecast (mainly dry for most of central Indiana) and sunshine in the Sunday forecast.

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Few Friday Showers and 80s in the 7 Day Forecast

Clouds will continue to increase overnight.  Friday will be cloudy, with highs 65-70 degrees.  A good part of Friday will be dry, but the chance for a few showers arrives by late afternoon.

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This is a tricky weather system that we are tracking for the end of Friday and the start of the weekend.

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The system looks to be slowing down.  If it does slow down over central Indiana, there will be rain chances through Friday night and into early Saturday afternoon.  We are watching this one closely.  If you have outdoor plans on Saturday, stay tuned for updates.  Sunday will be the sunny and warm day this weekend, with highs in the middle and upper 70s.

We will be near 80 degrees on Monday and in the 80s Tuesday through Thursday next week.  Storm chances are in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday.

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Some Dry Days Ahead

Soggy and cool sums up  Tuesday across central Indiana.  Rain stays in the forecast through Tuesday night too.  We aren’t forecasting the rain chances to end until 11pm.  The rain ends and patchy fog forms overnight, with lows in the upper 40s.

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Patchy fog will lift by mid-morning Wednesday.  There will be a mix of clouds and sun on Wednesday afternoon, with highs in the middle 60s.  There is a slight chance for an afternoon or evening pop-up shower.

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We have sunshine and 70 degrees in the Thursday forecast.

We are still tracking a developing weather system for Friday.  Our latest analysis hints at the heaviest rain staying south.  We will keep the chance for a few showers in the Friday forecast, but we have taken rain out of the weekend forecast.  We have also bummed the temperatures up for the weekend.  We will be in the lower 70s on Saturday.  Sunday will be mainly sunny with highs in the middle 70s.

This will be the beginning of a warming trend that will linger into early next week.

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Friday Night Rain and Weekend Chill

Your Friday evening will be dry until about 11pm.  Our weather pattern changes dramatically overnight.  We are timing rain chances from 11pm Friday through 7am Saturday.  We are tracking a cold front that will bring the rain to central Indiana.  We are forecasting that front to arrive very early Saturday morning.  Along with the rain, there will be some strong winds.  Here is the timeline for rain with FutureTrak13.

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A few lingering showers are possible east and northeast of Indianapolis on Saturday.  For the rest of central Indiana, it will be mainly cloudy, breezy and cold.  Temperatures will only be in upper 40s and lower 50 Saturday afternoon.

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Winds are forecast WNW 20mph.  Take the coat to Kids Day and Rookie Run on Monument Circle and to the Angie’s List Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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The coldest part of the weekend will be Sunday morning.  We are forecasting temperatures in the upper 30s early Sunday.  It will be cold enough for some patchy frost.  Sunday will be partly cloudy and still chilly.  Highs will be in the range of 55-60 degrees.

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It will stay cool through the start of next week too, with highs in the lower 60s on Monday and Tuesday.  Rain and storms are back in the forecast for Tuesday.  Some of the longer range analysis hints at some dry and mild weather for the end of next week.  We will keep you updated.

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Friday Afternoon Update

At 2pm, temperatures were in the 60s across central Indiana, with some sunshine.  The exception was far eastern Indiana.  There were a few more clouds and only 59 degrees in Richmond.

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We won’t get to 59 degrees anywhere across central Indiana on Saturday.  Yes, it is going to be cold this weekend.

A cold front arrives overnight, bringing rain chances and the cold air for the weekend.  We are timing the best chance for rain from about 11pm Friday through 7am Saturday.  A few showers may linger across NE Indiana on Saturday.  The rest of central Indiana will be mostly cloudy, chilly and breezy on Saturday.  Highs will only be in the lower 50s and winds are forecast WNW near 20mph.  Here is the timeline for rain Friday night and early Saturday with FutureTrak13.

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Sunny Friday Chilly Weekend

We are 12 days into the month of May and we have had rain on 11 of those 12 days.  Are you ready for sunshine and 70?  We have it in the forecast for Friday.  The day will start in the upper 40s and lower 50s, but warm to near 70 degrees Friday afternoon.  Your outdoor plans are a go for Friday.

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A cold front arrives Friday night, bringing rain and colder air.  The rain chances arrive after 9pm Friday and will last through about 7am Saturday.

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The bigger story will be the chill this weekend.  We are forecasting highs in the 50s on Saturday and Sunday.  Keep in mind the average low for this time of year is near 52 degrees.  Our highs will be close to that average low number and about 20 degrees colder than average.  Despite the chill, we hope to see you at Kids Day and the Rookie Run on Saturday on Monument Circle.  You will need to dress for the chill for any of your outdoor plans.

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One of the bigger outdoor plans is the Angie’s List Grand Prix on Saturday.  You will need the coat.

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Sunday will be dry, with highs 55-60 degrees.  Right now next week looks cooler than average, with rain chances returning late Monday.  We will keep you updated.

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