SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 82. Winds: Northeast 5-10 mph.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Low: 61. Winds: Northeast 5-10 mph.
SUNDAY: Sunny and seasonable. High: 83. Winds: Northeast 5-10 mph.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Low: 61. Winds: Northeast 5-10 mph.
Storm Team 20
FRIDAY AUGUST 1, 2014
NORMAL HIGH: 86
NORMAL LOW: 65
RECORD HIGH: 99 (1987)
RECORD LOW: 52 (1962)
SUNRISE: 5:57 a.m.
SUNSET: 8:12 p.m.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms will be moving through central Illinois this afternoon and evening. So far rain totals across the area have ranged from 0.5" to about 1.5" over the past couple hours. Minor flash flooding has been reported in some areas, and several viewer photos have been sent in showing funnel clouds.
While the Storm Prediction Center does not currently have the region in a risk category for severe weather, there are dangerous conditions present including wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour, rain at a rate of one inch per hour, frequent lightning, and the presence of weak short-lived funnel clouds. These funnel clouds are generally only lasting 5 to 10 minutes with no touchdown and very weak rotation. It's not likely these will develop into dangerous conditions, but it's still a good idea to have a plan in place in the event there is a touchdown.
By tomorrow, we're back to sunshine and warming temperatures. After an exceptionally cool July, temperatures will start to warm up into the start of August. In fact, July was the third coolest July on record in the Capital City with an average temperature of 71.6 degrees -- just shy of the record 71 degree average in 1891 -- as a persistent low pressure trough over the Eastern U.S. and Canada help to keep temperatures below normal for extended periods throughout the month.
As the trough begins to break down and shift eastward, temperatures will be slowly warming in the coming days from highs in the lower 80's to start the weekend to the upper 80's by early next week. Likewise, overnight lows will range from the lower 60's the next few mornings to near 70 by early Tuesday morning.
The extended forecast offers abundant sunshine and slowly warming temperatures before showers and thunderstorms return by Wednesday and Thursday as a cold front moves through central Illinois. Once the front clears, temperatures will once again cool off late next week.
THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the lower 80's Saturday and Sunday; mid- 80's Monday; upper 80's Tuesday and Wednesday; and, lower 80's Thursday and Friday. Overnight lows will drop to the upper 50's Friday night; lower 60's Saturday and Sunday night; and, mid- to upper 60's Monday through Thursday night.
Storm Team 20