EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING until 7pm Sunday for central Illinois. Heat indices of 105 to 112 degrees are expected and will lead to heat related illnesses with prolonged exposure outdoors. Drink plenty of water and have a cool place to take shelter from the heat.
MORE SWELTERING HEAT WITH ISOLATED STORM CHANCES
Springfield (WRSP) - Dangerously hot, humid and sultry weather conditions continue to prevail over central Illinois with an Excessive Heat Warning remaining in effect through the weekend. An incredibly very warm and tropical air mass has taken up residence over Illinois, and it will stay in place through Sunday. Expect afternoon temperatures to climb into the low to mid 90s but with extremely high dew points and relative humidity, the "feel like" temperatures will hover close to 110 degrees by mid-afternoon for both Saturday and Sunday.
Temporary heat relief will come in the form of scattered showers and storms over the next couple of days, but a little bit more discernible break in the heat will come on Monday after a cold front plows across the region late Sunday evening. Highs early next week will fall back to more typical seasonable readings in the upper 80s. Expect more on-again, off-again showers and storms as well into the middle of next week.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the mid 90s Friday through Sunday; and, upper 80s Monday through Thursday. Overnight lows will fall to the mid 70s Friday through Sunday night; and, upper 60s Monday through Wednesday night.
Cheryl Lemke - Storm Team Chief Meteorologist
EXCESSIVE HEAT, HUMIDITY BRINGS DANGEROUS CONDITIONS FOR THE REGION
Champaign-Urbana (WCCU) - The main focus on the weather for the rest of the week will be the excessive heat which will take our "feels like" or heat indices up to the 110-115 range during the mid to late afternoon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Our entire viewing area is either under an Excessive Heat Warning, Watch or a Heat Advisory during the period. Be watching FOX-Champaign News at 5:30 and 9 for the latest STORM TEAM forecasts for east central Illinois!
Even though the only way to beat the heat would be to stay in an air conditioned area, many of you can not. So to help....some reminders of things you probably already know:
-dress in cool lightweight clothing
-drink plenty of water
-know the signs of heat stroke and seek medical help immediately if needed!
-wear sun block, visors, sun glasses for protection
-check on friends and family and the elderly, make sure they're comfortable and cool
-ensure pets are also cool, the best is to take them inside to air conditions places
-at the very least make sure pets are in a shaded area which is shaded throughout the entire day
-make sure pets have a source of fresh COOL water
-DO NOT leave people or pets in closed vehicles, or hot non air conditioned locations
Meanwhile for the rest of the day, we could still see a few isolated showers/storms from time to time in this hot, humid air mass. Otherwise, highs will top out above 90-degrees each day through Sunday. Once again, those heat indices could exceed 110-degrees each afternoon through at least Saturday.
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