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Strong storms possible Friday evening

Updated: May. 12, 2022 at 4:00 AM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Hot, humid conditions return for Thursday ahead of our next chance for storms.

Thursday: It’ll be a near carbon-copy from the last two days. Heat and humidity will continue with the potential for record warmth in the afternoon. Daytime highs will reach the upper 80′s to lower 90′s across the region. Heat index values will reach the upper 90′s this afternoon when we factor in the humidity. Make sure to stay hydrated and to take plenty of breaks if you need to be outdoors for extended periods of time.

A stray thunderstorm will be capable of forming this afternoon, but most of us will remain dry today. Any thunderstorm that develop will be capable of creating localized heavy downpours.

The Next Big Thing: Our next chance for more widespread storm activity will return Friday evening. A few strong to severe storms will be possible, with the best potential to the west of the Illinois River. A cold front will drive storm potential as we head home from work. Storms will form to the west before moving into the region.

A cold front will drive storms across the region Friday evening. Severe storms will be...
A cold front will drive storms across the region Friday evening. Severe storms will be possible, with the greatest risk for severe weather to the west of the Illinois River.(HOIABC)

Our best timeframe for any severe activity will run from 5PM-10PM. If storms are able to develop a bit earlier, we could see our severe chances increase due to more daytime heating. Our primary threats will be large sized hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour. Tornadoes are not expected, but an isolated spin-up cannot be ruled out.

Damaging winds and large-sized hail will be possible Friday evening.
Damaging winds and large-sized hail will be possible Friday evening.(HOIABC)

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