Columbia's sunny, warm weather faces threat of severe thunderstorms

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | 6:41 p.m. CDT; updated 10:18 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 7, 2014

COLUMBIA — Columbia basked in temperatures near 90 degrees Wednesday afternoon, the highest this week. But the sunny weather isn't here to stay.

Showers and thunderstorms are predicted to begin after 2 p.m. Thursday and continue until 8 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service in St. Louis' website.

Thursday's temperatures are predicted to reach a high of 80 degrees with a 70 percent chance of precipitation.

The heat will recede a little on Friday, with a high of 75 degrees and a low of 54 degrees at night. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms will continue until 1 p.m.

Sunny weather will return Saturday, and temperatures are expected to reach 78 degrees with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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