LINGERING RAIN CHANCES
SPRINGFIELD (WICS) - The rainy, soggy weather pattern across central Illinois is coming to an end, but not before many of us got drenched by 1-4" of rain over the past few days. The low pressure system responsible for the scattered showers and storms is departing, taking the rain chances along with it. There will still be a stray shower or storm possible this evening, but overall, most of central Illinois will be dry with mostly cloudy skies later tonight.
The weekend features a mix of sun and clouds. A couple forecast models suggest a weather disturbance could bring an isolated shower or two or a spotty storm over the weekend, but generally, central Illinois should be rain-free with temperatures quite pleasant in the upper 70s and low 80s on Saturday and then seasonably warm in the mid 80s on Sunday.
Look for a quiet start to next week with mostly sunny skies on Monday, but there will be a chance for more scattered showers and storms Tuesday night into Wednesday; and temperatures will be trending much warmer as well. Afternoon highs will be warm and muggy in the mid 80s early in the week and then give way to sweltering hot low to mid 90s by Wednesday and Thursday.
THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the mid to upper 70s Friday; low 80s Saturday; mid 80s Sunday and Monday; upper 80s Tuesday; and low 90s Wednesday and Thursday. Overnight lows will fall to the low to mid 60s Friday through Sunday night; and low to mid 70s Monday through Wednesday night.
Cheryl Lemke - Storm Team 20 Chief Meteorologist
FOR EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS
UNSETTLED WEATHER TAKES US INTO THE WEEKEND
Champaign (WCCU)- Even though the more significant and organized weather system will weaken and move off out of our immediate area, we still could see a few scattered rain showers over the weekend. Skies will remain mostly cloudy on Saturday with some seeing a few isolated showers during a good part of the day. Do not cancel any outdoor plans, though, as any precip should be light in most cases.
By Sunday, we'll be seeing more sunshine and slightly warmer conditions with highs topping out in the low 80s after morning lows fall to the low 60s. Next week will bring additional chances for showers/storms from Tuesday into Thursday as warmer, more humid air returns. Heat indices could rise to the low 100s by Thursday as well.
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