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Temperatures soar to near 60 degrees by Wednesday

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — After nearly a week spent below 50 degrees, Tuesday warmed back above that mark. We'll keep the warming trend going into Wednesday, and hold onto the 50's even when we cool off.

Warm Wednesday:

Leading up to Wednesday, a few areas of fog look to develop early in the morning. Like the last couple mornings, the fog will be scattered and shouldn't be dense. Any foggy patches should clear out by the middle of Wednesday morning.

By Wednesday afternoon, breezy south winds help bring in even warmer air. A few peeks of sunshine may be seen as well, and could aid in boosting temperatures further. The end result is temperatures close to 60 degrees. A few spots may get into the low 60's. Reaching the 60's would make it the 2nd day in a row with a 10 degree climb in temperature, and put us around 10 degrees above average.

Soggy stretch starts:

A series of fronts move by late this week, providing several chances for rain.

We don't keep the warmer than usual air for long. Temperatures cool off Thursday and Friday, but only to the low 50's. A series of rain showers start up during this half of the week. Round 1 moves in late Wednesday night with light rain showers. These will be brief, and gone quickly by early Thursday morning.

Heavier rain showers are possible Thursday evening.

Most of Thursday looks dry, then rain returns Thursday evening. This could may be slightly heavier than the early morning round. We should dry up again by Friday morning. We'll be in rinse and repeat mode after that. Friday looks fairly dry, then light rain showers fall Friday night.

Saturday gets a boost with warmer air near 60 degrees, but the weather may be soggier. One-and-off showers fall for much of the day, and rain could even linger into early Sunday morning. The showers wrap up for good by sunrise Sunday. The remainder of the weekend looks dry, with temperatures cooling back to the low 50's.

Looking long-range, dry weather eventually takes over and lasts through early next week. Look for temperatures to be close to 60 degrees again Monday and Tuesday.

Alex Kirchner

Alex Kirchner is the Chief Meteorologist at 13 WREX. He joined the 13 Weather Authority in 2014 and brings over a decade of forecasting experience to the weather department. Alex earned Certified Broadcast Meteorologist recognition from the American Meteorological Society, and his work at WREX earned him a Best TV Weathercaster award from the Illinois Broadcasters Association and a regional Emmy.

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