CLEVELAND — We have gotten to enjoy a taste of summer over the last few days with intense near-record heat and a good amount of sunshine. We are in for a big change today as high pressure finally breaks down and a strong cold front builds in from the west.
There is a threat of severe storms today for Cleveland. A slight risk exists SE of Cleveland that includes Akron and Canton.
News 5 Meteorologist Remeisha Shade has the latest on a Severe Thunderstorm Watch across Northeast Ohio this evening.
Tornado risk appears to be low with the main threat today being damaging winds that could briefly get over 60 mph.
Some hail around 1 inch or larger will be a possibility with stronger storms. Very heavy rain could lead to some isolated flooding issues. Rain totals are expected to range from about a quarter of an inch to about an inch with isolated higher totals possible. Damaging wind threat (wind 58 mph or greater) ranges from about a 5-15% chance within 25 miles of a point.
Futurecast shows spotty strong storms developing near the western lakeshore around 2-3 p.m. They will likely push E/SE and build into more of a solid line as we go through the afternoon.
That means some strong storms could be right over Cleveland and Akron for the drive home around 5-6 p.m. Strong storms are expected to push into our southeastern counties by early evening likely from 7-9 p.m.
Showers and storms may still be around tonight, but severe threat should wind down after 9 p.m.
Just keep in mind that your evening plans may be impacted by some rowdy weather and be ready to head inside quickly if you go under a warning. A cold front will try to lift back to the north Thursday as an area of low pressure rides along with it and that will bring in a few more showers and rumbles of thunder tomorrow. The best chance will be in our southern counties.
The good news is that the weekend is looking mild and dry for now with high temperatures near 70 Saturday and middle 70s Sunday. So we get a little wet and stormy for a few days but then get to enjoy a pleasant and nice weekend!
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