Springfield Local Forecast

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THE SEPTEMBER HEAT WAVE PERSISTS BUT RELIEF IS IN SIGHT

SPRINGFIELD (WICS) - One more day of sweltering heat and humidity is in store for central Illinois before a significant cool down moves in for the weekend. Tonight and Thursday will be mainly dry with just a slight chance for a stray shower or two, and temperatures will stay unseasonably warm and muggy. Overnight lows will bottom out in the upper 60s and low 70s with afternoon highs topping out in the low to mid 90s again on Thursday, and with the humid conditions factored in, the heat index or "feels like" temperature will peak near 100 degrees.

But on Friday, a cold front plows into Illinois setting off more numerous scattered showers and storms, and the front will also help to usher in much cooler weather. Highs on Friday will fall back into the low to mid 80s and drop even further over the weekend.

Saturday and Sunday feature a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures feeling like Autumn as afternoon highs slip into the mid to upper 70s, and these mild Fall-like temperatures will continue into the start of next week with highs in the 70s Monday and Tuesday along with more shower and storm chances early in the new work week.

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

Cheryl Lemke- Storm Team 20 Chief Meteorologist

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