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FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Low: 55. Winds: Light East.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny. High: 80. Winds: South 5-15 mph.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny, w a chance of isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. High: 79. Winds: South 10-15 mph, gusting up to 25 mph.

Thomas Patrick
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist

Almanac

FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015

NORMAL HIGH:
77
NORMAL LOW: 55

RECORD HIGH: 95 (1925)
RECORD LOW: 34 (1883)

SUNRISE:
5:38 a.m.
SUNSET:
8:13 p.m.

Today is a good indication of what to expect for the Memorial Day Weekend, warm temperatures for the most part, but some we may have to dodge a few storms chances.

Clouds are increasing tonight, but overall we're not expected any rain because of the dry air mass in place, as high pressure still controlling our weather for the most part. Worst case scenario, we might see a sprinkle or two, otherwise we'll stay dry tonight. The weekend will remain warm and Saturday would look much like today, with mostly to partly sunny skies and temperatures around 80 degrees.

Rain and storm chances will continue to push closer through the duration of the weekend. The timing of a warm front will determine the earliest we could see storms. For the time being Saturday will be completely dry, and rain chances hold off until Sunday afternoon. That initial chance will remain low and most activity will be scattered or isolated, so it should be easy to go forward with any outdoor plans. Monday has a much better chance for rain and thunderstorms through the day.

The following week will be above average temperature wise as a jet stream ridge sets up over the eastern United States. But we'll still be under the influence of any upper air disturbance, so the unsettled weather pattern still gives central Illinois daily chances of storms, but not all, or none, of the days will be considered wash outs.

THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs around 80 Saturday through Memorial Day; and, low to mid 80s Tuesday through Friday. Overnight lows will drop to the mid 50s Friday night; low 60s Saturday night; and, mid to upper 60s Sunday through Thursday night.

Thomas Patrick
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist


 

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