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STATEWIDE–The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for northwest Indiana through 8 am Saturday. The rest of the state is expected to get showers and thunderstorms for at least the next five days.

The National Weather Service in Northern Indiana has issued a moderate swim risk for Lake Michigan because “wind, wave, and current activity will be increased in the vicinity of t-storms.” Areas in northwest Indiana could get anywhere from 3-7 inches of rain by the middle of next week.

In places further south, lighter amounts of rain are expected Friday morning. That is supposed to change later in the day.

“We are expecting additional thunderstorm development closer to Indianapolis towards mid-day and on into the afternoon and also tonight,” said Joe Skowronek, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. The timing will be mainly from 2-3 pm this afternoon where we would start to see redevelopment.”

Skowronek says the main threats to watch out for are heavy rain, damaging winds, and a possible isolated tornado. He expects the severe weather threat to diminish as the weekend goes on.

“We’re heading into a pretty wet pattern across the area, in general. There is going to be a lot of moisture in the air into the middle of next week. So any thunderstorm that develops could contain heavy rain,” said Skowronek.

One thing you’ll also have to get used to is the humidity.

“You’re going to feel the humidity into early next week. Temperatures will be in the upper 80s to around 90. It will be a little cooler as you go further north,” said Skowronek.

The threat for severe weather has been dubbed a “marginal risk”, which means isolated severe thunderstorms are possible, but they will likely be limited in duration and/or coverage and/or intensity.

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