RAIN CHANCES LACKING AS TEMPERATURES WARM-UP
SPRINGFIELD (WICS) - Quiet and dry weather is expected for the rest of the week across central Illinois and will continue well into the upcoming week with gradually warming temperatures, too.
Look for party to mostly sunny skies the next few days with near seasonable temperatures in the mid to upper 60s. The next chance for any wet weather is associated with a cold front dropping down from Canada and moves across the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes. The front glances mid-Illinois and it's expected to come through dry with partly to mostly sunny skies with pleasantly mild temperatures continuing as we head toward the weekend.
High pressure dominates over the weekend with wall-to-wall sunshine and warming temperatures with highs topping out near 70 on Saturday and climbing into the low 70s on Sunday before even warmer temperatures move in to kick off the month of May. Highs will easily reach the mid 70s on Monday and -- for only the second time in 2018 -- soar into the low 80s by Tuesday. The latest 8 to 14 day outlook from NOAA's Climate Predication Center shows temperatures remaining at or just above normal for early May.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the mid 60s Wednesday through Saturday; low 70s Sunday; mid 70s Monday; and, low 80s Tuesday. Overnight lows will fall to the upper 30s Wednesday night; mid 40s Thursday and Friday night; low 40s Saturday night; low 50s Sunday night; and, upper 50s Tuesday night.
Joe Crain - Storm Team 20 Meteorologist
FOR EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS
WARMING WEATHER NEXT WEEK.
Champaign (WCCU)- Mostly cloud cover on the eastern side of the state today, and temperatures reflected that with highs in the mid 60s in Champaign, meanwhile highs in the mid 70s in Springfield. Cloud cover will slowly thin out tonight leaded to a mostly sunny day Wednesday. Next rain chance will be Thursday night as a weather system slides through the state. central Illinois will see rain during the Thursday evening hours and eastern Illinois closer to Friday morning. Projected rain totals are only up to 4/10" an inch.
Temperatures will remain in the 60s for the rest of this week, but we unlock some much warmer weather at the end of the month and the first several days of May. Highs will easily be in the 70s Monday and Tuesday of next week are we could very well see 80s in the forecast next week.
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