QUIET WEATHER GIVING WAY TO STORMS ON THURSDAY
SPRINGFIELD (WICS) - After a string of beautiful picture-perfect weather, changes are coming to central Illinois. The high pressure system that brought sunny skies and pleasantly mild weather conditions is drifting eastward and allowing a new weather disturbance to drop down from the Upper Midwest.
Thursday features a mix of sun and clouds with the clouds increasing during the afternoon as this next weather maker draws closer. Scattered showers and storms will also develop on Thursday particularly late in the day into the overnight hours with even more chances for scattered showers and storms on Friday. Rainfall totals will average between 1/4" to 1/2" although pockets of locally heavy downpours are possible.
Temperatures will be continue to be seasonable on Thursday with highs in the mid 80s, but Friday will bring another surge of very warm and muggy weather with highs in the upper 80s and heat index values in the mid 90s.
Then the rain departs over the weekend with mostly sunny skies returning on Saturday and Sunday along with cooler temperatures as highs ease back into the low 80s. Cooler than usual temperatures may persist for a while as the Climate Prediction Center is depicting temperatures below average through the end of July.
THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the low to mid 80s through the extended period and overnight lows in the low 60s Wednesday night; around 70 Thursday and Friday night; and mid 60s Saturday through Monday night.
Cheryl Lemke - Storm Team 20 Chief Meteorologist
SOME GREAT JULY WEATHER AHEAD OF END OF THE WEEK RAIN/STORMS
Champaign (WCCU)- At least through late Thursday, we see generally clear conditions with daytime sunshine and a return of milder air with less humidity. Highs actually falling to below or average temperature readings for much of the week. By overnight Thursday into the day on Friday, expect a chance of showers/storms as temperatures climb a bit to the mid-80s on Friday with the arrival of our next weather system.
By the weekend, expect a return of fair weather. Saturday will be partly sunny, cooler than average but it'll be warmer on Sunday with more average temperature readings. That will follow into early next week with highs in the low 80s.
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