Cooler today, tonight; Heat returns midweek

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After a cooler start to the workweek, hot, seasonal weather is expected to return by midweek.

It was sunny and dry for Monday, with the high reaching 80 degrees in Dayton and Cincinnati and 81 in Columbus, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Skies will stay clear with unseasonably cool conditions tonight, which will have overnight lows down into the upper 40s to lower 50s across much of the area.

Clear and sunny conditions continue Tuesday, with highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s.

An Air Quality Alert is in effect for Tuesday in Butler and Warren counties due to expected ground-level ozone, or smog.

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Skies remain clear Tuesday night, which will be more moderate with an overnight low in the middle 50s.

Dry weather and increasing temperatures are likely Wednesday through Friday.

It will be sunny with a high near 86 degrees Wednesday. Skies stay clear Wednesday night, which will have an overnight low around 63 degrees.

Temperatures are expected to push into the 90s for Thursday, with will be sunny with a high near 92 degrees. Clear skies remain Thursday night, which will have an overnight low around 69 degrees.

Friday will be mostly sunny with a high near 93 degrees. There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Friday night, will be mostly cloudy with an overnight chance of overnight showers and thunderstorms and low temperatures around 69 degrees.

Showers are possible for the Fourth of July weekend, especially Saturday. However, Independence Day on Monday ix expected to be dry with clear skies.

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