Warmest air in nearly 6 months before evening rain and thunder

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Sean Ash

Welcome to what should become the warmest day of 2014 thus far, and central Indiana's warmest day since mid-October. A steady southwest wind and ample sun will be enough to overcome some passing clouds as high temperatures make their charge toward 70 degrees.

Latest hi-res modeling suggests breezy, mild and mostly dry conditions at the time of the Indianapolis Indians' home opener first pitch at 7:05pm. However, we're recommending that fans attending the game tonight take ponchos and necessary rain gear as rain and thunder chances increase by the 7th inning stretch.

Rain and embedded storms will be most likely "between" the hours of 9pm and 2am, and gradually diminish overnight from northwest to southeast as a front settles along the Ohio River.

North side of the boundary tomorrow will lead dry conditions for the majority of the viewing area. But the front will close enough to areas south of I-70 to warrant a "chance" of showers.

This front eventually returns northward Saturday, and perhaps may trigger very spotty showers… but a majority of the weekend may prove to be dry and the focus shifts on unseasonably mild highs in the 70s both Saturday and Sunday.

Higher rain/thunder chances return Sunday night into Monday with a return to cooler air the first half of next week.  Have a great day!