INDIANAPOLIS — Hot air is claiming the weather headlines in central Indiana for now with many cities hitting 90°+ for the first time this year, including Indianapolis' hottest day since late September.
That feat will be replicated Saturday, thanks to abundant sunshine and a very dry air mass that will heat up efficiently with that sun.
Thankfully, the dry air does lead to a comfortable overnight and early morning, with lows in the 60s and dewpoints in the 40s. Expect a rapid rise in temperatures Saturday with midday temps in the mid/upper 80s and mid-afternoon highs in the 90°-95° range.
It will also be another Air Quality Alert day, with high ground levels of ozone impacting sensitive respiratory groups. If that's you, you're encouraged to limit outdoor time and stay in the air conditioning if possible.
If you're at the pool and/or lake, the air mass will be perfect, in my opinion, with it being hot in the sun and actually comfortable in the shade. Have a fun and safe time if you're getting out on the water.
Sunday will be a near carbon copy, with a steady diet of northeasterly wind keeping the Muggy Meter down, but with hot highs near 90°.
The string of mainly sunny days continues next week with very slim chances of rainfall and certainly nothing organized on the horizon to put a dent in the growing abnormally dry conditions over the Ohio Valley.
What will change is a more substantial drop in temperatures as a series of backdoor (from the northeast) cold fronts cross the state into the middle of next week.
Highs Wednesday and Thursday likely only reach the 70s and with lows comfortably cooler near 50°.