Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
Expect scattered showers and thunderstorms today with a high of 84 degrees.
The rain comes as a cold front from the northwest slides into Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky by tonight, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
Severe weather is not expected. The worst of the thunderstorms could hit about 3 p.m., said meteorologist Andy Latto.
After today, the rest of the week through Friday looks to be mostly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. Thursday could see the temperature break the 90-degree mark.
But all eyes this morning are on Tropical Storm Isaac, which is gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico.
The National Hurricane Center predicted Isaac would grow to a Category 1 hurricane and hit late Tuesday somewhere along a stretch that starts west of New Orleans and runs to the edge of the Florida Panhandle. That would be one day shy of seven years after Hurricane Katrina struck catastrophically in 2005.
The remnants of Isaac could bring heavy rain to our region this weekned, but it’s not clear yet how much, Latto said.
“The models are still all over the place and it’s not clear it will even come to this area,” he said. “There’s still a lot of uncertainty.”
We are down nearly 8 inches in rainfall so far this year, he said. Just 21.5 inches have been recorded at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport compared to the 29.29 inches we normally have at this point in the summer.