A much warmer week ahead

Good Sunday, everyone. Frost is blanketing much of the bluegrass state to begin the day and we are likely to see another round by Monday morning. This chilly air mass is about to scoot away and be replaced by a blast of warm air for Kentucky Derby week. Rock on! 🙂

Highs this afternoon will struggle to get past 60 across parts of central and eastern Kentucky. The wall to wall sunshine will certainly make for an awesome looking day.

Another frost is on the way tonight and Monday morning, with another full blown Green Thumb ALERT! Middle 30s to start the day will turn into upper 60s and low 70s during the afternoon.

Temps take off on Tuesday and may approach 80 across much of the commonwealth. This sets off our warmest stretch since last September, with highs reaching the low 80s for Wednesday and Thursday. This is ahead of a potent plains storm system that will also throw storm chances our way.

The first chance arrives on Wednesday…

This happens as a big severe weather outbreak develops to our west across the plains states. Those storms will then roll our way by later Thursday…

Kentucky Oaks Day on Friday doesn’t have a good look at the moment. Showers and thunderstorms are a good bet along a cold front moving in…

Some strong to severe storms can’t be ruled out by later this week.

Current indications are for that front to slide through here by Kentucky Derby Day, bringing mainly dry and cooler weather. As with anything in life… Timing is the key. Any slowing down of the front would mean storm chances linger into the big day.

Once into the following week, look for our cooler than normal pattern to try and flex some May muscle.

Have a great Sunday and take care.

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5 Responses to A much warmer week ahead

  1. Jeff Hamlin says:

    May 2002 saw some serious chill.

    • Chris Mercer says:

      Yes it did. And it was more like from the May 15th-22nd time frame if I remember correctly. I know Lexington hit freezing on May 19th of that year, and we had several days with highs in the 50’s.

  2. Schroeder says:

    Thanks Chris for the update. This is beautiful weather ! Usually in most years the weather is hot by now with high humidity. The Kentucky Derby along with all the festivities should have happened yesterday and today. Not looking forward to the storms later in the week. We can only hope that the severe storm line will weaken as it moves through the state on Thursday. I am hoping for a normal May in both temperatures and precipitation, but we all know that is not going to happen here in the Ohio River Valley and the Mid West. Have a great day everyone.

  3. Virgil E. says:

    This is my complete uneducated opinion, but I look for the bulk of the severe weather to hit places from Northern Half of Indiana and Illinois to Michigan and Wisconsin.

  4. Shawon says:

    Covington set a record low temperature this morning of 30 degrees, breaking the record of 31 that was set all the way back in 1874.

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