Cooling down? Maybe a little

The weather may not exactly be cooling down, but at least it’s not supposed to be quite as hot in the Valley this weekend.

After three consecutive days of heat advisories, high temperatures for Saturday and Sunday are expected to be below 90, according to the National Weather Service, even dipping to the mid-80s by Monday.

Heat and humidity combined to create a heat index around 100 degrees Wednesday through Friday, which led to the advisories being issued, said Tim Axford, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston, W.Va.

“That’s when you start to see people have problems,” especially folks without air conditioning or who are out in the heat for extended periods of time, he said.

There’s a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms Saturday, with a high temperature of 87. Sunday’s high is predicted to be 86, with a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A food warning for this area had been issued Friday, but it was lifted by 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The National Weather Services in Charleston reported a flood advisory was still in effect through 2 a.m. Saturday.

Law enforcement and Marietta Fire Department reported no high water issues Friday night.

The front bringing in more seasonable temperatures is expected to break up somewhere over the Ohio River, meaning this area might not receive the cooler air portions that northwest Ohio will, Axford said.

“In our neck of the woods, it’s not going to be as refreshing,” he said.

Highs of 84 to 86 are forecast for Monday through Thursday, with the chance of showers ranging from 40 to 60 percent until Thursday, when it drops to 30 percent.