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Hot Tuesday with increasing rain and storm chances through midweek

Mon evening forecast – May 20, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Monday was as hot as advertised with temperatures getting into the mid to upper 80s.

More hot weather is on the way with rain and storm chances increasing over the next couple of days.

Monday night: Central Indiana will stay locked in under mostly cloudy skies. Pop-up showers and storms will be possible mainly northwest of Indianapolis. There is even a low threat for strong and severe storms in northern Indiana for wind and hail.

Lows will only drop into the mid to upper 60s.

Tuesday: The hottest day of the year may take shape, with temperatures close to the 90-degree mark. Some spots may have their first 90-degree day of 2024.

Late Tuesday night into early Wednesday may also feature strong to severe storms as there is a low risk along and north of a Sullivan-Indianapolis-Muncie line. This risk is because of a storm complex that may survive into Indiana that will originate in Iowa and Missouri. Wind and hail will be the primary threats.

It is also worth noting that Indy will be close to record highs tomorrow. The record is 92 from 1941.

Wednesday: Some showers and storms may remain possible into the early morning. Then, a lull in activity looks to happen going into some of the afternoon. Additional rain and storms will then develop in the latter half of the afternoon hours and into Wednesday night.

This round of activity will feature the best chance for severe weather with a slight risk (Level 2 of 5). Wind and hail will again be the primary threats, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. Heavy rain will also be a concern in relation to potential flooding in spots mainly south of Interstate 70.

Highs will be slightly cooler, but still warm, in the low to mid 80s.

8-Day Forecast: Rain chances will stick around through the rest of the workweek and upcoming holiday weekend. No day will be a washout, but some scattered activity will be possible. A chance for some showers and storms exists on Sunday for Indianapolis 500 race day. Highs look to mainly stay in the upper 70s to low 80s much of the extended forecast.