Partly sunny, hot with Air Quality Alert in effect for Butler, Warren counties

Credit: Daniel Susco

Credit: Daniel Susco

Today will be partly sunny and hot, with highs around 84 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

There is an Air Quality Alert in effect until midnight for Butler and Warren counties, issued by the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency. The agency said that it expects levels of air pollution considered unhealthy for sensitive groups like children, elderly adults and people with respiratory and cardiac diseases.

Residents can help reduce ozone formation by limiting the use of gas-powered vehicles or lawn equipment and refueling cars after 8 p.m.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy with possible rain chances after 11 p.m. into late Sunday night with temperatures falling around 68 degrees.

There is the potential for a few storms to become strong to severe with the main threat involving damaging winds. A tornado or two cannot be ruled out. Locally heavy rainfall will be possible which could lead to flooding.

On Sunday there will be a chance of rain throughout the day, with a chance of thunderstorms starting in the afternoon. Highs will be around 83 degrees.

On Sunday night there will be a chance of showers and storms through the morning. The NWS said that strong to severe thunderstorms could occur Sunday night, with the main threats being damaging winds and large hail.

Lows will be around 69 degrees.

On Monday, the NWS predicted showers will be likely starting shortly after sunrise, with a chance of thunderstorms. Precipitation chances will fall in the afternoon before trailing off in the evening.

Clouds will gradually decrease in the afternoon and overnight, for most clear skies before dawn on Tuesday.

Highs will be around 82 degrees on Monday, with lows around 65 degrees.

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