STORMS SCHEDULED TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE
SPRINGFIELD (WICS) - After a nice respite from the heat and humidity, that summertime sizzle is back in the forecast. Strong southerly winds will be pumping in some very warm and muggy air, making it feel more like a typical late June day. Expect highs in the mid to upper 80s and a few low 90s for the rest of the week.
In addition, a low pressure system will be marching through the upper Midwest approaching Illinois by week's end helping to touch off scattered showers and storms. A few storms could pop up later tonight, but most showers and storms will develop overnight with even greater chances for showers and scattered storms on Thursday and Friday. Storms are slated to move through in several waves and some of the storms could be strong to severe over the next couple of days. The storms could potentially pack hail, strong winds, frequent lightning, and locally heavy rain. The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of mid-Illinois under either a MARGINAL and/or SLIGHT RISK for severe storms for both Thursday and Friday.
Looking ahead to the start of the long holiday weekend, the weather dries out with partly to mostly sunny skies being featured both on Saturday and Sunday before another weather system comes into play early next week. There is a chance for more scattered showers and storms on Monday and Tuesday for Independence Day. Temperatures will be remain warm this weekend, but not as muggy with highs in the mid 80s on Saturday and Sunday with warm 80s spilling over into early next week.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the mid to upper 80s Wednesday through Independence Day. Overnight lows will fall to the low to mid 70s Wednesday and Thursday; and, mid to upper 60s Friday through Monday night.
Cheryl Lemke - Storm Team 20 Chief Meteorologist
RAIN/STORM CHANCES, WINDY, WARM AND HUMID THROUGH FRIDAY
Champaign (WCCU) - Expect a return to more summer like conditions this week as temperatures rise back to "average" readings. Highs will end up being in the mid 80s for Thursday. We also see a return to seeing a daily chance for showers and/or storms from today through Friday. It is much needed rain, though!
Expect a chances for showers/storms from Thursday into Friday along with high dew points, meaning more humidity. On Thursday, skies will be mostly cloudy with a 50-percent chance for showers/storms which will continue overnight into Friday and Friday evening as well. Highs on Thursday will be in the mid 80s, but with the cloud cover and rain/storms, we'll see slightly cooler conditions for Friday. Highs on Friday will be in the low 80s. We also expect strong gusty winds through at least Friday as we remain in a rather unstable air mass.
So far the weekend is looking fair with partly sunny skies on Saturday and a high in the low 80s, then partly cloudy skies on Sunday with highs once again in the mid 80s. Overnight lows will be in the low to mid 60s.
So far Monday and Tuesday (the 4th of July) looks to be rainy with clouds and possible storms. Overnight lows will be in the mid 60s, then highs will end up in the low 80s.
Take precaution against heat related health issues, and look after those who may be unaware or unable to escape the exceptionally warm conditions, including pets.
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