TODAY:

TONIGHT:

TOMORROW:

THE WEEK AHEAD:

Tuesday brings the departure of our front in Central Illinois, but some lingering showers and storms continue into the morning and perhaps early afternoon. These showers and storms continue to sweep east and south.

As this front does move through, there’s also some good news behind it. Dew points tumble as cooler and drier air rolls on in. The front will remain close enough to bring showers and storms again on Tuesday, mainly south of I-72 and particularly along the I-70 corridor. We’ll watch closely.

When dew points tumble, we’ll feel cooler and drier air rolling in, allowing for comfortable days and cooler nights. Another cold front reinforces the dry air just in time for the weekend on Thursday. A few showers and storms can’t be ruled out along this.

Rain chances look lower after Tuesday. We may get another round sometime next weekend into the following week.

DROUGHT MONITOR:

Although it doesn’t look like much has changed with the Drought Monitor, there was rain finally delivered to places that have been needing it for a while. This current monitor does not account for any rainfall after Tuesday of this last week. Additional rain appears probable sometime late this weekend into next week.

LONG-TERM FORECAST:

Although we just got through a rough stretch of hot and humid days, we know this week will be much better and according to the 8-14 Day Temperature Outlook, things will continue to trend perhaps near average to a bit cooler here in the middle part of August. However, things do tend to trend drier, overall.

– Meteorologist Jacob Dickey