TEMPERATURES WARM, MANY STORMS CHANCES NEXT WEEK.
SPRINGFIELD (WICS) - Rainfall today stays well south into southern Illinois today and and cloudy skies dominated south of I-70, party cloudy conditions in Springfield have allowed temperatures already to rebound into the mid 60s. Wind gusts have really been the only issue gusting up to 35 mph. Winds will be a little breezy tonight, but with clearing skies, temperatures will drop down to around 40 degrees.
Nothing but sunshine for Sunday and temperatures are back on the increase, up to around 70 degrees. Mild and pleasant weather continues through Tuesday before rain chances come into play.
A zonal, west-to-east, flow in the jet stream this week will promote several rain and thunderstorm chances from Tuesday night onward. There's 3 key time frames for rainfall and are as follows:
Tuesday night into Wednesday morning (40-60% chance). Storms possible with showers lingering into Wednesday.
Thursday night into Friday (70% chance). Good chance thunderstorms in this period.
Friday night and Saturday (60-70% chance). Good chance thunderstorms, some rainfall could be heavy.
These rain chances will add up for our area, with models indicating about 1.5 to 3" of rain possible over the next 7 days combined. Most of that rain appears to fall during the Friday night and Saturday event, but as always, individual thunderstorms will dictate who receives the most rain. It's too early to tell is severe weather or flash flooding could be a concern.
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THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the low 70s Sunday; mid 70s Monday and Tuesday; upper 60s Wednesday and Thursday; mid 70s Friday; and low 70s Saturday. Overnight lows will fall to the low to mid 40s Saturday and Sunday night; low to mid 50s Monday and Tuesday night; mid 40s Wednesday night; and mid to upper 50s Thursday and Friday night.
Thomas Patrick - Storm Team 20 Meteorologist
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