Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog: Rain Returns Wednesday Night, Preceding Warmer Air

The early sprinklers on Wednesday become more regular rain after 5 p.m. and mark a transition to much warmer air heading into the weekend.

INDIANAPOLIS — Fortunately, we had a brighter Tuesday — especially later in the day. But the sun was deceptive with a brisk wind keeping the air chilly and highs only near 50°, 15° below average for this time in April.

After clearing this evening, the clouds are rapidly returning around Wednesday morning. Barring a few splashes and/or widely scattered showers, the clouds likely have more bark than bite on Wednesday.

We don’t expect more regular rain to arrive until around 5 p.m., but you should try to finish your outdoor plans before 8 p.m. Wednesday as rain and thunder become widespread.

Regular rains persist for much of Wednesday night and early Thursday morning before heading south again. On Thursday afternoon the clouds are expected to clear and the wind shifts to the south-southwesterly to push the peaks into the 70s which is just the start of a streak of milder days.

A warm front moving across the state from Thursday evening through Friday is producing scattered showers and thunderstorms (some possibly containing hail).

Going forward, we expect that border to reach north-central Indiana later Friday afternoon to allow temperatures to reach the mid/upper 70s. But the border will be close enough to justify the mention of persistent scattered rains / thunderstorms.

This front reaches the Michiana border and northwards for much of the weekend, opening the doors to our first 80s since mid-October. Saturday will be mild and windy but dry. Much of Sunday remains dry until the afternoon as a cool front approaches from the west. This front brings another round of widespread rain Monday through Tuesday of next week. Bottom line – enjoy this weekend.