Today will be our final day of near-record heat, with highs near 81° today under partly sunny skies. The record high for today in Lexington is 82°, set in 1907. Isolated thunderstorms will develop in some areas late today, and more widespread showers and thunderstorms will arrive late tonight and continue on Friday. A few of Friday's thunderstorms could potentially produce some hail. Friday will be about ten degrees cooler. Occasional showers and slightly more seasonable weather will occur through the weekend as an upper-level low pressure system slowly crosses Kentucky. By Monday morning, the final few showers will be exiting eastern Kentucky, and the Bluegrass Region should return to dry weather. A warming trend will occur next week with mostly sunny skies and highs back into the lower 70s on Tuesday. Scattered thunderstorms will return with a front on Wednesday.