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Weather Today

THURSDAY: Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny. High: 73. Winds: East 5-10 mph.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Low: 51. Winds: Light East.

FRIDAY: Sunny and warmer. High: 77. Winds: Southeast 5-10 mph.

Joe Crain

Storm Team 20 Meteorologist




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SUNRISE: 6:43 a.m.
7:02 p.m.

Summer's last hurrah! Temperatures will be warming back to the 80's heading into the weekend -- just ahead of Fall's official arrival early next week.

The unseasonably cool temperatures of the past couple of weeks will continue to warm up as the weekend approaches with clear skies, abundant sunshine and afternoon highs reaching the upper 70's by Friday.

Afternoon highs climb to the lower 80's Saturday before a cold front slides into mid-Illinois with chances of showers and thunderstorms developing by Saturday Evening. While some of our eastern and southeastern counties could see some lingering showers through the first half of the day on Sunday, the rest of the area should start to dry out with a return to quiet weather with partly to mostly sunny skies and slightly cooler than normal temperatures into early next week.

Fall's official arrival will be marked with the Autumnal Equinox on Monday, September 22 at 9:29 p.m. central time. The word equinox comes from the Latin words for "equal night." The fall and spring equinoxes are the only days of the year in which the Sun crosses the celestial equator. From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter than the nights.

THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the lower 70's Thursday; upper 70's Friday; lower 80's Saturday; upper 70's Sunday; mid- 70's Monday; and, around 70 Tuesday and Wednesday. Overnight lows will drop to around 50 Thursday night; lower to mid- 60's Friday and Saturday night; mid- 50's Sunday night; and, upper 40's Monday and Tuesday night.

Joe Crain
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist

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