Fall-like weather will pass; chances of rain through next week

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 16, 2013 

Mike Haskey mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com A cyclist approaches a large puddle on the Columbus Riverwalk Friday afternoon. Outdoor enthusiasts got a little break from trecent rainy weather and also were able to enjoy unseasonably cool temperatures. 08/16/13

MIKE HASKEY — mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com

If you've been enjoying the recent fall-like temperatures -- even if you've had to enjoy them under an umbrella -- don't get used to them.

The rain? Get used to that.

Thursday night's low of 68 might have seemed downright chilly for August, but it didn't approach the August record low of 57, set in 1952.

But Friday's high of 74 was the lowest high ever recorded here for Aug. 16, eclipsing the previous record of 77, set in 1994, according to WRBL Chief Meteorologist Bob Jeswald.

Today will likely be the last day with highs in the 70s for a while, according to the National Weather Service. And the chance of a wet Saturday is about 70 percent.

Temperatures will climb Sunday to a high of 80, then creep up throughout the week until we'll likely see highs around 90 next weekend. That's not the blistering heat the area often sees this time of year, but it might seem like it after the recent respite we've seen.

The good news is that the overnight lows will remain in the seasonably low 70s all week, so your air conditioner can get a break in the evenings.

Meanwhile, the chance of rain through the week will hover between 40 and 60 percent, the weather service predicts.

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