COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–We’re having a heat wave, November style.
The thermometer shot up to 75 degrees at Port Columbus this afternoon, one degree shy of the 1977 daily-record. The warmest spot in the state so far Is Zanesville (77 degrees).
If you are wondering, our average high temperature on November 5 is 58 degrees, so we are enjoying September weather in November.
Severe storms have erupted on the boundary between early autumn weather and chilly Canadian air across the midsection of the country. Thunderstorm and tornado warnings were issued in parts of Missouri south to Oklahoma just ahead of a cold front.
November is known as the second tornado season in the Midwest and Ohio Valley, with a history of damaging windstorms as the jet stream shifts south, meeting up with warmth and humidity leftover from late summer.
The cold front will cross Ohio Friday morning with gusty showers and rumbles of thunder, and a marginal risk for a few strong storms that could contain damaging wind gusts, though the system will be weakening as it approaches the Buckeye State late tonight. Much cooler temperatures will bring seasonable weather this weekend, with a drying trend for game day.