SHOWERS AND STORMS HEADING INTO START OF HOLIDAY WEEKEND
SPRINGFIELD (WICS) - The cooler weather will soon be a thing of a past with summer-like temperatures returning for the start of the extended holiday weekend. However, shower and storm chances will continue to be a part of an active weather pattern for central Illinois.
The slow moving low pressure system drifting toward the Great Lakes will continue to generate some scattered light rain showers and maybe an isolated storm or two on Wednesday. Much like Tuesday, there will likely be some extended dry periods throughout the day in between any precipitation breaking out. Once again, no severe storms are expected, but there could be a few rumbles of thunder. Look for a few stray showers lingering into late Wednesday night before skies dry out and make way for sunshine and seasonable temperatures for Thursday.
Another weather system rumbles across the nation's mid-section on Friday to bring scattered showers and storms back into Illinois to kick-off the weekend. Look for shower and storm chances to fire-up Friday afternoon and continue on-and-off through late Saturday night. This next weather maker will not cause a wash out for the holiday weekend with rain totals falling between a quarter to a half inch. Quiet and dry weather settles in Sunday and into Memorial Day with a large ridge of high pressure will be building in over the Midwest.
Although temperatures will be rather cool for Wednesday with highs only in the mid 60s, expect a steady warm-up heading into the holiday weekend with highs topping out in the upper 70s by Friday and reaching the low 80s this weekend.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the mid 60s Wednesday; mid 70s Thursday; upper 70s and low 80s Friday through Memorial Day; and, mid 70s Tuesday. Overnight lows will fall to the low to mid 50s Wednesday and Thursday night; low 60s Friday and Saturday night; and, mid 50s Sunday and Monday night.
Joe Crain - Storm Team 20 Meteorologist
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