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TUESDAY: Sunny, breezy and cooler. High: 69. Winds: Northwest 10-15 mph, gusting to 25 mph.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Clear. Low: 43. Winds: Northwest 5-10 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny. High: 71. Winds: Northwest 5-10 mph.

Joe Crain
Storm Team Meteorologist




RECORD HIGH: 88 (1975)
RECORD LOW: 26 (1909)

7:07 a.m.
6:23 p.m.

A brief cool down is followed by a short-lived warm-up and a more significant cool down heading into the weekend for central Illinois.

As expected, clouds quickly around midday Monday as a cold front quickly dived southeast across mid-Illinois with just a quick spritz of a few sprinkles that amounted to just a "trace" in the rain gauge at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. Northwesterly winds behind the front remained rather gusty into the evening and stayed rather brisk through the overnight hours.

Tuesday's outlook offers more sunshine, but temperatures will be cooler and more seasonable -- and feel even cooler as northwest winds once again gust up to around 25 mph -- with afternoon highs in the upper 60s. Temperatures rebound to the low to mid- 70s Wednesday and Thursday with quiet weather and ample sunshine both days.

Just like Monday, another cold front passes through mainly dry late Thursday night -- although a few sprinkles once again can't be ruled out -- and bring in even cooler air into the Midwest. Canadian high pressure will drop in behind the front with a reinforcement of cool that will see afternoon highs only topping out in the low 60s by Friday. Temperatures remain cooler over the weekend with highs in the upper 50s and low 60s and overnight lows dropping to the mid- to upper 30s.

With overnight lows falling into the 30s to start the weekend, it's worth noting that locations around mid-Illinois typically experience the first frost of the season around mid-October. It's very possible temperatures could drop a little lower in low lying areas of our northern counties closer to the I-74 corridor over the weekend and contribute to some early fall frost, especially Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

The cooler air isn't expected to hang around much beyond the weekend. Temperatures will rebound and become seasonable in the upper 60s early next week and the 8 to 14 day outlook from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center says above normal temperatures are likely and rain chances could start to pick up.

THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the upper 60s Tuesday; low to mid 70s Wednesday and Thursday; upper 50s and low 60s Friday through Sunday; and, around 70 Monday. Overnight lows will fall to the low to mid 40s Tuesday through Thursday night; mid to upper 30s Friday and Saturday night; and, mid 40s Monday night. 

Joe Crain
Storm Team Meteorologist

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