Scattered showers, storms this afternoon, evening

Rain and thunderstorms are possible today, as well as some lingering haze from the Canadian wildfires.

There is an Air Quality Alert in effect today for Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties, issued by the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency.

During the alert, the agencies expect there to be elevated levels of fine particulate matter, specifically wildfire smoke. Conditions are considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups,” such as children, older adults and people with heart or lung diseases.

There’s a slight chance for thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, with the possibility for some storms to be strong to severe, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington. The primary threats are damaging winds and large hail.

An NWS employee near Clarksville reported hail 1.5 inches across at 4:34 p.m.

Highs will be in the low 80s today, with lows around 65 degrees.

On Wednesday, there will be a chance of rain throughout the day, with a chance of thunderstorms beginning around noon. Both rain and storm chances will linger through the night.

Highs on Wednesday will be around 84 degrees and lows will be around 68 degrees.

The chance for thunderstorms and showers continue Thursday, with strong to severe storms possible in the afternoon and evening. Once again, the primary threats are damaging winds and hail.

Highs will be around 87 degrees.

Thunderstorm chances are expected to drop away around midnight, though rain chances will slowly trail off throughout the night, finally falling away by sunrise on Friday.

Lows will be around 65 degrees.

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