WEATHER NOW: Sunny & Comfortable Wednesday

Forecast

TODAY:

Wednesday is looking to be the nicest day of the workweek with temperatures reaching the low 80s, plenty of sunshine and a nice breeze from the south around 10-20 mph. The morning started with rain showers, however the active weather has moved east and will bring mainly sunshine for the rest of the day.

TONIGHT:

Tonight won’t be as cool as the past few days, however high pressure will keep things clear with a breeze from the south around 15-25 mph.

TOMORROW:

Thursday morning will be an active one as a band of showers and storms are expected to come through central Illinois with temperatures rising to the upper 80s with south winds around 15-20 mph.

THE WEEK AHEAD:

After an active and hot stretch of weather changes are coming! The rest of the forecast is nice starting Monday afternoon, but the sunshine and cool weather both come by Tuesday with highs in the 70s!

The cooler air is thanks to dry air from Canada that filters in and removes the humidity from the forecast for a few days. South winds return by Tuesday helping to slowly return it into the region.

That drier air will allow for quiet weather, but the chance for rain returns more than likely on Friday, but we won’t rule out a few showers Thursday. That will start another unsettled weekend in the area.

Once all is said and done, between the Sunday Night/Monday rain and next weekend’s rain, we could add another 1-2″. The First Round will bring up to 1″ of rain in some areas, while others will be left out. More rain next weekend could trend more widespread in nature, we’ll watch it closely.

DROUGHT MONITOR:

The Drought Monitor has seen some minor improvements, but it still is abnormally dry for the southeastern corner of the viewing area, even with the dry weather we have seen recently. We do have heavy showers and storms in the forecast, so beneficial rainfall will be here through the weekend.

LONG-TERM FORECAST:

Our 8-14 day outlook is cooler than normal with the temperatures and above normal with the rain as we head towards the end of the month.

– Amelia Henderson

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