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Weather Today

FRIDAY: Sunny. High: 75. Winds: North 5-10.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 53. Winds: Southeast 5-10 mph.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny. High: 77. Winds: South 10-15 mph.

Joe Crain
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist


FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015


RECORD HIGH: 95 (1925)
RECORD LOW: 34 (1883)

5:38 a.m.
8:13 p.m.

Sunshine and warming temperatures into the start of the holiday weekend, followed by increasing storm chances toward Memorial Day.

High pressure overhead will continue to keep skies clear through Friday and steadily rising temperatures will push afternoon highs close to near-average values.

A mix of sun and clouds with seasonable temperatures is expected Saturday, but the latter half of the holiday weekend is looking more active, but the latest forecast models have slowed down the arrival of most storms. While there's still a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Sunday afternoon, the better chances will hold off until Sunday night and Memorial Day Monday. The threat of severe weather associated with this weekend's storm chances will be very low; however, locally heavy rains will be possible with the increasingly warm and humid airmass that will be in place by Monday.

As the main low pressure system pushes eastward by late Monday night, a warm and humid airmass keeps temperatures in the low 80s through the remainder of the holiday shortened work week. Several small upper level disturbances tracking through mid-Illinois throughout the week will keep at least slight chances of showers and thunderstorms in the forecast each day.

THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the mid 70s Friday and Saturday; upper 70s Sunday and Memorial Day; and, low to mid 80s Tuesday through Thursday. Overnight lows will drop to the mid 50s Friday night; near 60 Saturday night; and, mid 60s Sunday through Wednesday night.

Joe Crain
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist

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