SPRINGFIELD & CENTRAL ILLINOIS FORECAST
HIGH HEAT CONTINUES TO BAKE ILLINOIS
FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies with a few stray pop-up showers & storms, mainly west of the Illinois River. Winds: NE 3-8 MPH. High: 91 Low: 65
SATURDAY: Still unseasonably hot, but not quite as muggy. Winds: NE 5-10 MPH. High: 93 Low: 68
SUNDAY: More summertime heat. Winds: NE 5-15 MPH. High: 91 Low: 64
MONDAY: Partly to mostly sunny with a slight cool down. High: 89 Low: 66
TUESDAY: A few scattered showers possible, otherwise a mix of sun and clouds. Cooling down. High: 84 Low: 56
Happy Fri-yay! June started off on a hot note and the heat carries over into the weekend. Unseasonably warm air continues to get pumped into central Illinois. Friday features an isolated shower or two, otherwise mostly sunny with highs in the low 90s and overnight lows bottoming out at 65.
The weekend will also be hot and toasty but at least not quite as humid. Even so, temperatures will still be unseasonably high running at least 10 degrees above average with highs topping out at 93 on Saturday and around 91 for Sunday under mostly sunny skies.
Next week, though, brings some heat relief. Monday will be mostly sunny with highs around 89. Then for Tuesday, expect a back door cold front to slide into the region. The cold front looks to be deprived of moisture, and so a spotty shower or two is possible, but rain chances are slim, and so most of central Illinois will remain dry. But the cold front will help usher in some cooler and more seasonable temperatures with afternoon temperatures slipping into the low to mid 80s on Tuesday, and temperatures will continue to get trimmed back with afternoon highs in the low 80s on Wednesday through the rest of the week.
Cheryl Lemke - Storm Team Chief Meteorologist
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EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS
TONIGHT: Still warm. Low: 65
SATURDAY: Still unseasonably hot and not quite as muggy. High: 93
SUNDAY: Start of our cooling trend. High: 89
MONDAY: Partly to mostly sunny but still above the norm. High: 88
TUESDAY: Temps falling closer to seasonal norm. High: 83
We've got one more hot day ahead of us before we start to get some relief in the temperature department. For Saturday, high temperatures will be very similar to what we saw on Friday afternoon with low-mid 90s. Skies will remain sunny with drier air moving into the region. Our heat index will still be very close to what our air temperatures are as the humidity won't make it feel too uncomfortable outside.
We'll see temperatures start to drop into Sunday with our temps dipping just below 90-degrees, but we'll continue to trend down into next week. More clouds moving in for early next week will help to drop our UV index a little bit as well. UV values will be high this weekend, so make sure you're using the sunscreen if you plan on being outdoors for several hours.
Highs will fall back around the low 80s by Tuesday with potential for some light showers moving back into the mix. Our coolest day will come on Wednesday with highs dropping into the upper 70s. The cooler weather won't last long as things start to heat up again towards the end of the work week and we'll stick around the low-mid 80s.
Storm Team Meteorologist Darren Leeds
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