Weekend forecast has ups and downs

Derby Day weekend weather a photo finish
Published: May. 5, 2023 at 6:55 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -It’s time for the most exciting 2 minutes in sports with the Saturday running of the Kentucky Derby. Weather-wise conditions will be ideal on Saturday both at Churchill Downs and here at home. Meanwhile the passage of a warm front on Sunday raises the ante on showers and thunderstorms. So clearly the pick day of the weekend is Saturday.

Saturday looks fine with lots of warm sunshine. Highs will make the upper 70s if not 80 downtown. Careful of a bad sunburn (SPF 30 please) and lots of tree pollens (take your meds as prescribed by your allergist).

At the Derby hazy skies and warm breezes will feature a 78 degree temperature at post time in Louisville where the track will be fast.

Sunday will see a few showers and thunder squalls try to interrupt outdoor plans. May is often a month when afternoon squalls produce pockets of hail. That said, the nature of the rain and squalls will be quick hitters so an interruption in outdoor plans is more likely than a washout.

Monday and Tuesday will follow suit with an afternoon thunder risk. Highs will be just under 80 where a downpour occurs.

Next Wednesday and Thursday will warm into the 80s as the risk of rain fades and the duration of sunshine increases.