ROCKFORD (WREX) — A few showers and storms are popping up in parts of the Stateline, but many may remain dry. However, the opportunity for rain does not end today so your plants are in luck. Thankfully, the rain chances drop off by the holiday weekend.
Day 2 of Showers and Storms:
This evenings storms are setting up a lot like yesterday. They are remaining scattered in the Stateline and slowly moving. However, this time the sweets spots for activity are staying out of Winnebago and Boone counties and focusing on Ogle, Lee, and Stephenson County. Storm activity this time around is still producing heavy rainfall, lighting, and gusty winds. However, the flooding risk is less minimal, but still present.
Luckily, areas that do see some rainfall this evening will be dropping in temperature by a few degrees. Temperatures for Tuesday managed to stay in the upper 80's and lower 90's. Dew points made matters worse causing heat index values to reach the middle to upper 90's. Areas after the rainfall have fallen into the middle 70's and lower 80's, so this is an added benefit. Shower chance end as the sunsets, but a small shower still remain overnight due to a feature moving in from the west.
Yet another day for rainfall:
Showers and storms are on tap for Wednesday and the early parts of Thursday. A cluster of showers and thunderstorms moving in from the west toward the Stateline gives us another good opportunity for a good downpour. The chances still remain lower than previous days with rainfall, but still, something to not. Drier weather, but hotter temperatures then take over for the holiday weekend.
July 4th outlook:
Wednesday marks the first day of July and it's going to feel like it. Highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s with humidity to boot. The 4th of July is right around the corner and it looks like heat and humidity are here to stay.
Temperatures for Saturday are forecast to climb into the lower 90s, but that could be a bit underdone. Some model guidance places high temperatures closer to the middle 90s. Regardless of where high temperatures land, heat index values are going to be pretty excessive, with heat indices nearing the century mark.