weather 071020

With all due apologies to my southern grandma, it's fixing to come up a cloud.

The National Weather Service office in Cleveland said Friday morning that thunderstorms will expand east across the area this afternoon.

Some of these storms are expected to produce high rainfall rates that could lead to localized flooding, especially in urban areas.

That same grandma would tell me it could be a real toad-choker out there.

A few thunderstorms, expected to roll through between 1 and 10 p.m., may also produce damaging wind gusts to 60 mph, mainly in northwest and north central Ohio.

The only good news is the booming weather may produce some relief from heat and humidity.

As of 11 a.m., temps around the area had already reached 88 degrees with a rising percentage of humidity. If the storms occur, it could knock temperatures down more than 10 degrees and peel the top off the humidity.

Looking at the weekend, there is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 5 p.m. It will be partly cloudy, though the high will only climb to around 83.

There is a slight chance of showers Saturday night with a low around 64.

There is a 60 percent chance of rain on Sunday, mainly after 2 p.m., with a high near 81.

Showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8 p.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m.

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