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TUESDAY: Cloudy and cooler with near steady temperatures and lingering drizzle. High: 71. Winds: North 10-15 mph.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Low: 57. Winds: Northeast 5-10 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Cloudy and cool with locally heavy rains possible. High: 73. Winds: Northeast 5-10 mph.

Joe Crain
Storm Team Meteorologist




RECORD HIGH: 104 (2012)
RECORD LOW: 53 (2006)

5:37 a.m.
8:30 p.m.

Rain chances are back and flooding concerns arise with the threat of heavy rains across central Illinois.

A slow moving cold front arrived late Monday night with a line of showers and thunderstorms pushing through the area during the overnight hours. Rain chances will gradually taper off by late Tuesday morning as the front slides into southern Illinois and begins to stall out with much cooler temperatures coming in behind the front. The remainder of the day will be dry under cloudy skies with afternoon highs only reaching the mid- 70s.

Wednesday looks to be a real soaker as another disturbance moves along the front and pushes rain chances northward with heavy rains possible for our southern counties closer to I-70, where the National Weather Service in St. Louis has issued a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for Green and Macoupin Counties until Wednesday for the potential of 2 to 4" of heavy rains.

Finally, the front starts to lift back north as a warm front Thursday into Friday with thunderstorm chances both days and rising temperatures back to the mid- 80s by Friday.

The weekend outlook is rain-free with a couple of days of hazy, hot and humid weather. Temperatures will climb to the low 90s and heat indices push toward the triple digits before another round of showers and thunderstorms return late Sunday night and Monday.

A reminder that FLOOD WARNINGS along the Illinois River will continue until further notice. The river is beginning to recede but major flooding levels will still persist in Valley City until Thursday, Meredosia until Friday, LaGrange Lock until Saturday, and Havana until Thursday.

7-DAY TEMPERATURE FORECAST: Look for highs in the low to mid- 70s Tuesday and Wednesday; upper 70s Thursday; mid to upper 80s Friday; low 90s Saturday and Sunday; and, mid 80s Monday. Overnight lows will fall to the upper 50s Tuesday night, mid- to upper 60s Wednesday and Thursday night; and, low 70s Friday through Sunday night.

Joe Crain
Storm Team Meteorologist

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