Mostly clear, cool tonight; Risk grows for strong storms Friday

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Skies stay mostly clear tonight ahead of a dramatic shift for Friday that will bring an enhanced risk of strong to severe storms and heavy rainfall.

The overnight low will fall to around 63 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

It will be much warmer Friday, which will have a high near 89 degrees under partly sunny skies. There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms, and wind gusts as high as 28 mph are possible.

Most of the Dayton area is under an enhanced risk of severe storms Friday afternoon and evening, according to an NWS update Thursday. An area south of Dayton is listed as a slight risk for severe storms.

“The threat for severe storms and flash flooding is increasing for Friday afternoon/evening. These storms will bring an enhanced risk of damaging winds, with some risk for large hail and maybe a tornado as well,” the NWS tweeted. “With torrential rain in some storms, flash flooding may also occur.”

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Showers are likely Friday night, with possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy with an overnight low around 69 degrees.

A chance of showers and thunderstorms continues for Saturday, mainly before 3 p.m., which will have partly sunny skies and a high near 83 degrees. Saturday night will be partly cloudy with an overnight low around 61 degrees.

Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 84 degrees. However, there is a chance of showers between noon and 2 p.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. that continues into the evening hours. Overnight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 68 degrees.