It has been an impressive string of absolutely gorgeous warm days over the past few weeks. Unfortunately the weather pattern is going to take a turn for the worse just in time for the upcoming weekend.
Clear skies will remain in place this evening and it will be another beautiful night. Thanks to warm afternoon temperatures, the evening hours will also be fairly mild. Expect temperatures to fall from the lower 80s at 6 p.m. to the upper 60s by midnight. Lows tonight will only dip into the upper 50s.
Clouds will increase on Friday especially during the afternoon hours. We will still reach a high in the upper 70s only a few degrees cooler than today. A broad area of upper level low pressure will meander to the northwest (from the southeast) late in the day and make its way into the Tri-State on Saturday.
This will bring a chance for some light showers south and east of Cincinnati by early evening on Friday. A few very light showers may even make it into the metro area by 7 to 8 p.m. although more widespread measurable precipitation is expect to hold off until later.
A better chance for periodic rain will present itself after midnight Friday night into Saturday. Easterly down sloping winds off the Appalachian’s will act to deter steady or heavy rain throughout the day on Saturday. (Down sloping winds or air moving downward in elevation tends to have a drying effect) In addition our recent stretch of dry weather will make it hard to get deep low level moisture into our area thanks to low soil moisture. For that reason, it looks like mainly periodic light showers and drizzle will be in the cards for Saturday. Thick low clouds will hold temperatures in the 60s to near 70 degrees for most of the day. In addition, a 10-15 mph east wind will make it feel even cooler. It will be a cool, cloudy, and damp first half of the weekend.
On Sunday, the clouds will begin to break apart somewhat. Partly to mostly cloudy is as optimistic as the forecast can be for now though. A spotty light shower or two cannot be ruled out both Sunday and Monday as that upper level energy is still in our general vicinity but much weaker. With some peeks of sun, highs will warm back up into the 70s.
We will continue to warm moving forward next week until a cold front gives us a glancing blow around mid-week. That will push temperatures back to near normal (lower 70s).
Super “blood moon” viewing forecast:
On Sunday night, the annual “super” moon will be in phase meaning it will be 14% larger and 30% brighter than usual. This will also coincide with a lunar eclipse turning the moon a “blood” color which could produce quite an impressive sight. As of right now, skies are forecast to be partly to mostly cloudy in Cincinnati. This is obviously not ideal but keep your fingers crossed for some breaks in the clouds to allow for visibility as the next “super” moon lunar eclipse will not be until 2033.
The moon will rise in the east and be above the horizon by 8 p.m. although peak timing for the eclipse is around 10:45 p.m. +/- 30 minutes. The eclipse begins shortly after 9 p.m. and reaches its totality at 10:47 p.m. EDT.