Highs in the 70s…. It is December Right???

Yes, you read your calendar correctly, though it may not feel like it outside, it is indeed December.  Highs of 68 (Rec: 71) on Saturday and and high of 72 (Rec: 76) on Sunday challenged daily records for Bowling Green.  On average we should be in the low 50s for highs this time of year and thus we are 20-25 degrees above average.  The warmth looks to continue as temperatures will climb even with Bowling Green situated on the warm side of a surface high pressure system off the southeast coast.  It looks as though we will once again fall short of the record high of 78 set in 1982 as highs are only expected to be around 75.  Meanwhile skies will be mostly sunny and thus making for a phenomenal day for December.  The only drawback to the weather is that it will be blustery with winds between 12 and 18 mph out of the south/south-southwest.  Temperatures will reach the maximum for the week today however as a cold front is set to bring in cooler temperatures and likely rainfall by Tuesday afternoon.  Their could even be enough instability for a rumble of thunder.  The cold front will not be a very powerful front as it is far from the surface low pressure centered well into Canada; this will allow the front to be somewhat slow moving.  Due to this rain could fall for several hours Tuesday afternoon and thus rainfall totals could be as high as a half an inch in some places with even higher totals further south and east of Bowling Green.  The best chances of rain will be between noon to just after 6 pm when the front pushes through.

The Hydrometeorological Prediction Center’s 1-2 Day QPF (Total Rainfall) Forecast.  Notice forecast rainfall totals around a half an inch in south-central Kentucky.

Behind the front on Wednesday, skies look to clear out for a sunny day as another high pressure system will work its way in from the northwest.  While temperatures will be cooler, highs near 60 will still mean that we’ll be about 10 degrees warmer than average.  Thursday looks to be the coolest day with morning lows reaching the upper 20s and highs only in the mid to upper 50s due to cool winds coming in around the high pressure.  Looking longer term into the end of the week temperatures will remain above average and rain looks to enter the forecast again for the weekend as front stalls out in the Ohio Valley.

Daily Forecast:

Today: Low: 57  High: 75  A few clouds especially in the morning but otherwise mostly sunny and warm.  Blustery with S/SSW winds at 12-18 mph.

Tuesday: Low: 59  High: 68  Cloudy skies with rain moving in mainly after noon.  Rainfall totals between 0.3-0.6 in.  Chance of rain 90%.  S/SSW winds between 8-14 mph becoming NW/N in the evening between  5-10 mph.

Wednesday: Low: 39  High: 60  Sunny skies with light north winds 3-8 mph.

Thursday: Low: 28  High: 58  Mostly sunny with winds from 5-12 mph switching from the east to the SSE/S.

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