ROCKFORD (WREX) — Temperatures are falling starting on Sunday, but the cool down may not last as long as we hope. With the onset of showers and thunderstorms comes a warming trend as well into the next work week.
Cooler & Mostly Dry:
Early Sunday morning will present the Stateline with a few showers and storms, but coverage should remain light. We should start to see clearing skies by dawn. This will lead to plentiful sunshine for most of Sunday. Temperatures are going to be the biggest thing to take note because we are not going to be too hot.
Highs for Sunday and Monday will rest in the lower 80's for everyone. The coolest day out of the two looks to remain Sunday. This is actually below average for the time of year. Temperatures are usually in the middle 80's or greater in mid July for the Stateline, but this time our system from Saturday help cool things down. We stay below average at least through Tuesday.
A very brief dry period takes place for part of Sunday (small chances for rain in the afternoon), Monday, and Tuesday. However, Wednesday is when the shower chances seem to reside in the forecast at least through the next weekend. The confidence of how often these rain chances occur through the week are not certain. Temperatures will be on the rise with most days rising above that mid-July average high in the middle 80's.
As temperatures rise, we will have to watch dew points as well. Models are indicating dew points in the uncomfortable 70's for the middle of the next work week. This will be important because if we do not see the showers, we see the heat index values that could rise toward the 90's or higher in the mid-week.