AM SHOWERS WILL GIVE WAY TO SUNNY SKIES
SPRINGFIELD (WICS) - A batch of showers are passing through central Illinois this morning. The light rain has already been reducing in intensity by 5am and should be out of the area after 8-9am. While mostly cloudy conditions will dominate the AM hours, the afternoon will see mostly sunny skies as the cold front passes through allowing for the dry slot to move overhead. Low pressure area over Minnesota is occluding hence the weakening trend in our area, but locations ahead of the cold front this afternoon into Indiana and Michigan may very well see some strong or severe storms.
Another small wave of rain and storms is projected to be near central Illinois late Friday night, likely after midnight into early Saturday morning. But other than that, the weekend will be dry, if not warm and muggy. Temperatures will be in the mid 80s Saturday and around 90 Sunday with dew points in the mid to upper 60s.
The Solar Eclipse is next Monday and cloud cover forecast is extremely important for that day especially between 1pm and 1:30pm. The peak of the event is 1:18pm for Springfield and the forecast is optimistic with mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies at that time. Rain and storms chances aren't that far off though, forecasted to be in central Illinois later that night and/or into Tuesday.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the upper 80s Thursday, mid 80s Friday and Saturday, around 90 Sunday and Monday, and mid 80s Tuesday and Wednesday. Lows will fall to the mid 60s Thursday through Saturday night; upper 60s Sunday night; low 70s Monday night; and mid 60s Tuesday night.
Thomas Patrick - Storm Team 20 Meteorologist
A CHANCE OF MUCH NEEDED RAIN, WILL IT DELIVER?
Champaign (WCCU) - We do see a chance of scattered showers into the day on Thursday... but it appears it's a slight chance. Our rain deficit for the summer continues to keep most lawns rather dry....not to mention the crops in some areas.
After the passing front on Thursday high temperatures will fall back to the low 80s by Friday, while dewpoints fall to the low 60s and return to some more comfortable weather conditions for the end of the week and the upcoming weekend.
So far the weekend is looking to be partly cloudy with highs on Saturday in the low 80s, then mid 80s on Sunday. Overnight lows will end up in the low 60s. There is a weak weather system which could bring us a few scattered showers and maybe some early in the day thunderstorms on Saturday, but don't cancel any Saturday plans as the rain chances are only at 30-percent.
Looking ahead to next week, it should start on a good note with sunshine and the upper 80s on Monday, ahead of yet another weather system adding clouds later Monday and rain/storm chances into Tuesday. Highs on Tuesday remain in the upper 80s, with rising humidity levels through the early part of next week.
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