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THE NEXT 7 DAYS:

Warmth continues for a few more days. It will be a great time to be outside and enjoy the nice weather before a cold front passes over the area later in the week, bringing temperatures down by quite a bit.

We’ve got the chance for a few showers Wednesday Night and again Thursday evening. Some isolated lake effect showers may creep south into Central Illinois on Friday. Rain chances look to pick up into next week.

While this front isn’t expected to bring much in the way of rain, it will bring down our temperatures. We will feel highs in the low-to-mid 70’s through Thursday before abruptly falling to highs just in the upper 50’s by the end of the week. This will be the coldest air we have felt this season.

The low pressure that will drag that cold front over us later this week will reside northeast of us while a strong Canadian high pressure will be northwest of us. Air circulates around a Low in a counterclockwise direction while air circulates around a High in a clockwise direction. This sets up a convergence of winds in between the High and the Low, with the wind blowing from higher pressure to lower pressure (from the North to the South in this case). These gustier winds will pull in polar air from Central Canada, allowing some unseasonably cold air to make its way into the area.

The air being brought in from the north will already be colder than anything we have felt so far this Fall, but when you take into account the stronger winds that we will see by late next week, the wind chill will make things almost feel like winter. We could see wind chill values as low as the middle 20’s by next weekend. Brrr!

We also anticipate some widespread Frost in Central Illinois. This will happen Saturday morning. Friday morning is likely too breezy, and we’ll trend warmer into Sunday morning, but some lingering patchy frost is possible.

DROUGHT MONITOR:

Champaign County no longer is officially in severe drought, but moderate drought conditions continue along I-74 corridor towards Bloomington. Some improvement was noted in the area but conditions remain somewhat dry and look to stay that way into the next couple weeks.

READ: Drought Conditions Improve in Central Illinois. Will it last?

LONG-TERM FORECAST:

We are anticipating that big cooldown this week, but the 8-14 Day Outlook calls for temperatures to return to near average by the time we get to mid-October. Additionally, we have been feeling dry here for about the last week or so, and the 8-14 Day Outlook tells us that we will likely stay dry moving ahead.