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It could be a dangerous weather day on Thursday in our area -- Stay tuned to Whiz News and Whiznews.com for the latest developments -- Here is the forecast from Whiz Storm Team Meteorologist Phil Sakal:
Potentially Dangerous Storms Thursday....
*A Heat Advisory is in effect for the entire area from Noon-8PM on Thursday!*
*A Moderate Risk of Severe Storms has been issued for the entire area for potentially dangerous thunderstorms developing this afternoon*
TODAY: Sun/Cloud mix in the morning with increasing clouds in the afternoon. Showers and Storms move into the area during the afternoon. Storm will have a good potential of becoming severe during the mid to late afternoon. Main threat is straight line winds of 60 MPH plus, large hail and torrential downpours. I cannot rule out an isolated tornado as well. High of 93 with heat index values of 100 to 105.
TONIGHT: Showers and storms continue, some could be severe early. With breezy conditions throughout the first half of the overnight. Lows only dropping into the lower 70s and staying humid.
TOMORROW: Showers & thunderstorms ending, otherwise mostly cloudy. Highs around 87.
DISCUSSION: Thursday will be a hazy, hot, and humid one, with highs in the low to mid 90s. With all the humidity in the air it will make it feel more like 100 to 105 degrees this afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Moderate Risk of severe thunderstorms developing this afternoon and evening. A Moderate Risk means severe thunderstorms are likely to develop, so please pay attention to the skies this afternoon and stay tuned to the latest weather updates. A cold front will be pushing into the lower Great Lakes during the late morning and we will see thunderstorms developing during the early afternoon in Southeast Ohio. Severe storms will be mostly likely to occur after 3 PM. Severe thunderstorms are likely to have damaging winds in excess of 60 mph, possible large hail, torrential downpours and even an isolated tornado. Severe weather chances will diminish after midnight tonight, but the showers and thunderstorm chances should last into the first part of your Friday as the cold front will not be moving through the area very quickly. The front is poised to move through Southeast Ohio late Friday afternoon. There could be a left over shower Saturday morning, but the majority of the weekend looks mainly sunny and dry with much lower humidity!