Near-record highs before strong storms

Good Wednesday, everyone. Early-summer temps have engulfed the Bluegrass State, setting the stage for the possibility of severe weather. This all happens as a powerful cold front sweeps eastward into the region on Thursday.

The air today is more typical of early June than early April. Readings will climb into the lower 80s. The record high for April 10 in Lexington is 83, set in 2011, and we have a real shot at equaling or surpassing it.

Current temperatures

Winds will be very gusty and might hit 30 to 35 mph at times. Our skies will continue to be sunny.

This will all come crashing down late tonight and Thursday as the cold front enters the picture. This boundary has a major temperature gradient to work with and could produce strong or severe thunderstorms across the region.

That threat begins in far Western Kentucky late Wednesday evening and overnight, and it will work into Central and Eastern Kentucky on Thursday. The NAM simulated radar shows the line of storms moving in by early afternoon:

NAM 2

Damaging winds look to be the big player with these storms.

Here’s where today’s threat area is:
Latest Day 1 convective outlook

Much colder air will then work into the state for Friday and Saturday as lows drop below freezing by Saturday morning. Highs both days will struggle to get out of the low 50s.

Make it a great Wednesday and take care.

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