Highs Thursday reached 83-91, cooler north of that outflow boundary from complex of storms in northern Illinois Wednesday night.
Heat indices ran from 87-105. Especially high dew points pooled in our southern counties with heat indices to 105 common. At our WLFI ob site, our high was 88, but the heat index peaked at 100 with tie for highest dew point of the year (with June 28 & 29) at 77.
Gust of 59 mph was measured at Grissom Air Reserve Base from the storms Thursday late afternoon-evening.
47 mph gust was measured at the Galveston Airport & 46 mph 6 SE Covington ob site.
Piece of metal was pulled off barn & some limbs were blown down from t'storm gust near Bringhurst.
Rainfall varied greatly in the area Thursday with some areas seeing little/nothing, while central to eastern Carroll County saw up to 4" in 2 hours & 2" fell in one hour in parts of the Lafayette to Purdue areas. Up to 3" fell in far southern Fountain to Montgomery counties in 1.5 hours.
Scattered showers & some storms are possible off & on today. There is the risk of an isolated severe storm south of a Peru to Lafayette to near Covington line.
Some pockets of locally-heavy rainfall are possible.
Highs will run in the still-humid to muggy upper 70s to lower 80s.
A couple/few spotty showers/storms are possible Saturday afternoon-evening with clouds bubbling up & north to northeast wind. Highs 81-86 are expected with still-humid dew points of 66-71.
We dry out & turn smoky again with time.
Massive amounts of smoke will engulf much of the Lower 48 as massive, hot, dry, droughty ridge builds from our area to northern Canada with record-breaking heat dome yet again in the Rockies, Northwest, Canada & even to the Northern Plains. This, even with blotting & dimming effects of the fires to the sun.
We may see a "Ring of Fire" "Ridge Rider" clip us Thursday with some storm risk. The same thing may happen around July 26.
Overall, the trend is dominated by very warm to hot, dry, humid weather through the rest of July to very early August.
Note the extreme nature of the heat in late July, even with the cooling effects of widespread dense smoke (120 Central Valley of California to 111 in southern Saskatchewan & Manitoba).
In the nearer term, your 7-day outlook: