Warm up is on the way later today


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Are you ready for a warmer pattern? It's coming and it begins later this afternoon.

We are looking for a significant warm up this week. Under a sky mixed with sun and clouds , our highs leap into the mid 40s. The trade-off with the mid-week warm up will be overcast, foggy, and at times damp conditions, in fact Valentine's Day may be a day when an umbrella will be a great gift.

Wednesday will be gray with areas of dense fog, drizzle, and steadier showers developing into the evening. Temperatures slowly climb into the 50s toward sunset and a steady south-southwest keeps them there into Thursday morning.

The warmth this week peaks Thursday afternoon/evening in the upper 50s/lower 60s but comes with a real good chance for rain and yes, even thunderstorms! A burst of cold air moves in llate Thursday night into Friday with steady temperatures in the lower 30s. The cold creates a transition from rain to a period of snow early Friday too.

This air mass quickly modifies heading into the weekend and we're expecting another string of days in the 50s Sunday into next week.

In fact much of the next two weeks looks to be above to much above average and possibly several days in the 60s next week too. But the pattern is also conducive to be wet and above normal precipitation is also expected which ups the risk of flooding by late next week.