Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
A return to more normal summer temperatures starts today with a high of 86 degrees.
A cold front has arrived from Michigan, bringing much-needed rain over the past few days and a break from near-record heat that has scorched Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky this week.
Despite rain that has fallen since Wednesday, much of the region remains in drought conditions with rainfall totals nearly 5 inches below normal for this time of year, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
Typically, 24.90 inches of rain has fallen at this point but, so far, the region has only seen 20.05 inches.
There’s a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms today until 4 p.m. It will be mostly cloudy.
If it does rain, it will be minute. Less than a tenth of an inch of expected, although higher amounts are possible in thunderstorms.
The overnight low will fall to 63 degrees.
Saturday looks mostly sunny with a high of 85.
By Sunday, the mercury will creep back up to the 90-degree mark and, by Monday, the high will soar to 93.
Temperatures through most of next week, at least until Thursday, will remain in the low 90s.
Overnight lows will only fall into the low 70s.