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Weather Today

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Scattered showers and storms after midnight. Low: 57. Winds: South-southeast 15-20 mph, gusting up to 25 mph.

THURSDAY: Thunderstorms Likely. High: 69. Winds: Southwest 10-20 mph, gusting up to 25 mph.

FRIDAY: Rain likely, with a possible thunderstorm in the morning. High: 52. Winds: Southeastt 10-15 mph, gusting up to 20 mph.

Thomas Patrick
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist




RECORD HIGH: 88 (2012)
19 (1899)

6:43 a.m.
7:23 p.m.

Temperatures the warmest yet in central Illinois, but the next 48 hours will be very active across the state as thunderstorms and heavy rain will cause some problems.

A cold front across the plain-states today will cross into Illinois early tomorrow morning. Before it does, a cluster of scattered storms in Missouri this evening is tracking northeast, and into central Illinois. This activity will be ahead of the front and be the first chance for showers and storms, mainly between midnight and 6am. The main line/cold front sweeps through central Illinois between 6am and 6pm. The front provides the forces for more showers and storms to develop. However, due to the early passage instability will not be allowed to build through the day and create more robust storms. So severe threat is marginal in central Illinois, and slightly greater over the southern third of the state.

Friday holds another chance of rain and storms, but we're on the cold side of the front by this point. Severe weather is out of the question, but some rumbles of thunder still possible Friday morning, which actually has a better chance of some more widespead rainfall. But again, the worst will stay south, and we're left with more scattered showers Friday afternoon before skies finally clear back up just in time for the holiday weekend. Rain totals likely between 1/2 and 1" for the 48 hour period.

THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the upper 60s Thursday; low 50s Friday; upper 50s Saturday; mid 60s Sunday and Monday; upper 60s Tuesday; and, around 60 Wednesday. Overnight lows will fall to the mid to upper 50s Wednesday night; mid 40s Thursday night; low 30s Friday night; low 40s Saturday night; mid 40s Sunday night; low to mid 50 Monday night; and, mid 40s Tuesday night.

Thomas Patrick
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist

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