Strong storms arrive in area ahead of cold front after record heat

Showers and thunderstorms arrive this evening into the overnight hours ahead of a cold front after the region shattered high temperature records for today.

Gusty winds and widespread rain is expected as the storm system moves through, and some of the storms have the potential to be severe, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington. Showers and storms are expected mainly before 11 p.m. The main threat with the storms is damaging winds and hail.

The high temperature reached 75 degrees in Dayton, which broke the old record of 66 set in 1976. Cincinnati recorded a high of 78, which broke the old record of 71, also set in 1976. Columbus also reached 75 degrees, which broke the old record of 65 degrees set in 1972 and 1997.

The overnight low will be around 41 degrees.

It will be mostly sunny but cool Thursday with a high near 52 degrees.

Clouds will increase for Thursday night, which will have an overnight low around 39 degrees. There is a chance of showers, mainly after 3 a.m.

Showers are expected Friday, with thunderstorms also possible after 2 p.m. The high is forecast near 56 degrees. It will be breezy with sustained east winds of 15 to 23 mph and gusts as high as 37 mph. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches are possible.

Showers are likely Friday night, with a thunderstorm possible before 9 a.m. It will be mostly cloudy and breezy with a south winds 15 to 21 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 34 mph. The overnight low will dip to around 35 degrees.

Saturday will be cooler, with highs around 50 degrees. It will be cloudy with partial sunshine.

Sunday will be mostly sunny and slightly warmer with a high near 53 degrees.

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