Severe Thunderstorm Watch; Strong Storms Expected

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Updated: 5/31/2012 4:33 pm
Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 10 P.M. for Franklin, Mercer, and Anderson counties.

Temperatures are hovering in the lower 80s this afternoon under partly sunny skies.  Things are pleasant now, but as we transition into the early evening hours, some isolated, strong thunderstorms will become possible, especially in our western counties.  A more widespread, aggressive round of strong to severe thunderstorms will accompany a cold front later this evening and overnight tonight.  The most likely time for severe weather will between 8 PM and 1 AM.  Additional thunderstorms will occur late at night and into early on Friday.  Cooler air will return on Friday, and we'll be about 25° cooler than Memorial Day weekend, with highs only around 67° as showers and thunderstorms taper off from west to east.  The weekend will be cool with highs eventually recovering into the middle to upper 70s by Sunday afternoon, and the warming trend will continue into next week, boosting readings back into the lower to middle 80s for the first full week of June.  Conditions will remain a bit unsettled with a large trough of low pressure across the Great Lakes.  Isolated showers and thunderstorms will be possible ALMOST each day, at least in some part of Kentucky.
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