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Dry and comfortable weather lasts for much of the week

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — A cold front dropped temperatures and humidity by a ton, resulting in more comfortable weather moving forward. We may not see a return of the muggy weather for a while.

Getting comfortable:

The weather maintains comfortable conditions after Monday's big drop in humidity.

The weather pattern goes fairly quiet this week, and keeps temperatures and the humidity level. After Monday's drop in heat and humidity, Tuesday maintains the drier and cooler weather. Tuesday, in fact, may be the warmest day of the week with highs in the middle 80's. Dew points remain steady, so the humidity shouldn't make conditions feel any hotter.

Tuesday may not stay fully dry, as there is a slight chance for scattered showers and storms Tuesday evening into Tuesday night. A weak cold front passes by into Wednesday, and could spark a few scattered showers close to midnight. Most spots end up dry, however, so don't expect a lot of rain or widespread rainfall.

A slight chance for rain is possible Tuesday night.

The weather remains partly cloudy Wednesday, with a slight chance for isolated showers and storms in the afternoon. Temperatures hold steady around the middle 80's with low humidity.

Cool end and start:

The weather remains consistently "cooler" and comfortable all week.

After the weak midweek cold front, the weather cools a little further and remains fully dry. The sky stays sunny and without rain chances until Sunday. Temperature-wise, conditions barely warm up to 80 degrees Thursday and Friday, which is a few degrees below average this time of year. Many locations stay in the upper 70's. As a result, July ends on a cool note.

Early August may hold onto the below average temperatures for the first several days.

The start of August doesn't offer much for change. The weekend warms up a little in the low 80's, then temperatures drop back to the upper 70's by early next week. We may see those upper 70's for the first several days of next week, giving August a cool start. After that, however, above average conditions are likely, bringing August back to typical summer heat.

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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