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Alert Day Sunday for storms and gusty winds

Updated: May. 9, 2021 at 12:32 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - We are on alert for thunderstorms and gusty winds on Mother’s Day!

Sunday will be breezy with winds from the south-southwest at around 15 to 25 mph and gusts as high as 45 mph, but that southerly wind pushing warm air into our region is why our temperatures will top out in the upper 60s to low 70s Sunday afternoon despite cloudy and rainy conditions.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely Sunday as a low pressure system tracks through our region. The best chance of thunderstorms is during the morning, but scattered showers and isolated storms will remain possible through the afternoon.

The entire Tri-State is included in a Marginal Risk for severe storms Sunday, which is a level one out of five on the risk scale. That means widespread severe weather is not expected, but isolated severe storms are possible. The main threat is damaging wind gusts, but small hail, heavy rain and frequent lightning are also possible.

Our rain chances will taper off completely by about 8 PM as the cold front associated with that low pressure system sweeps off to our east. Our skies will gradually clear Sunday night as temperatures fall back into the low to mid 40s. It may still be a bit breezy at times, but our wind direction will shift on the backside of that cold front. Winds Sunday night will be from the north-northwest at around 6 to 12 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

The winds will die down on Monday, but cooler air will still be gently flowing in from the north. As a result, our high temperatures will be about 10° cooler than normal for the first half of the workweek, only climbing into the mid 60s under a mix of sun and clouds.

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