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Mostly dry this weekend; heating up by next week

Ashley Brown’s 5 p.m. Friday forecast – 5/17/2024

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Additional rain, some heavy, fell Friday before daybreak. Coverage of activity turned much more spotty by the mid-to-late morning hours with some sporadic development in the afternoon.

We’re looking to try and dry things out for Indianapolis 500 qualifying weekend on Saturday and Sunday before central Indiana turn toward the warmest air so far this year and additional storm chances.

Friday night: Slow-moving spotty showers and storms will remain possible early tonight before all precipitation winds down by the overnight hours.

Lows were set to bottom out in the low 60s.

Saturday: We’re talking a mix of sun and clouds for the first half of the weekend, with the potential for a few slow moving pop-up rain showers and storms. Otherwise, it is looking to be a mostly dry day, which will surely benefit qualifying.

Highs will top out in the upper 70s to low 80s.

Sunday: Temperatures are going to surge a bit in the back half of the weekend thanks to abundant sunshine. It will be a dry and very warm Sunday with highs in the mid 80s.

8-Day Forecast: Once we get into the first half of next week, we could have the warmest air of the year. For reference, Indy’s warmest day so far in 2024 was 85 degrees from May 2. We’re also going to ramp up rain and storm chances starting Tuesday through midweek. There is the threat for stronger storms Tuesday into Wednesday. It is still too early to tell with key emphasis on main threats and exact timing, but keep an eye on the forecast over the next few days.