A THIRD 60-DEGREE DAY THIS MONTH LIKELY SATURDAY
SPRINGFIELD (WICS) - Another pleasantly warm day today with highs in the low 50s overall despite another cloudy day. This warm weather gets even warmer tomorrow with highs expected in the low 60s across central Illinois. That's near record high territory. Forecast for Springfield is 61° - Record 63°. Forecast for Lincoln 60° - Record 60°. Forecast for Champaign is 61° - Record 62°. Forecast for Decatur is 60° - Record 69°.
As for precip chances, they're present here and there this weekend too. As for tonight, a light drizzle, mist, and some patchy fog possible before midnight tonight. After that time, the warm front current near I-70 right now pushes past central Illinois and any precip ends and fog lifts. That gives way to a sunny start to Saturday but there will be a mix of sun and clouds on the incredibly warm January day. As for Saturday night and early Sunday morning, that'll the best chance for isolated or scattered showers. A few claps of thunder possible in this timeframe as well. The rain chances are still possible Sunday but there are some discrepancies between how isolated or widespread any rain activity will be. I'll keep with the "chance" wording for now.
Temperatures stay warm Sunday with highs in the mid 50s but will sag back to the 40s Monday through Wednesday and then the 30s Thursday and Friday. There is a fair chance for rain showers Tuesday night and Wednesday.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the low 60s Saturday; mid 50s Sunday; mid to upper 40s Monday through Wednesday; and, mid 30s Thursday and Friday. Overnight lows will be in the mid 40s Friday and Saturday night; mid 30s Sunday night; low 30s Monday night; upper 30s Tuesday night; upper 20s Wednesday night; and mid 20s Thursday night.
Thomas Patrick - Storm Team 20 Meteorologist
Today's Record Temperatures