ROCKFORD (WREX) — The summertime heat and humidity of late is set to give way to cooler and more comfortable conditions late in the week.
Since July 1st, temperatures have been consistently above average. As August quickly approaches, temperatures and humidity level off and become a bit more reminiscent of early September.
In the short-term, a small chance for an isolated shower or storm is possible on Thursday. There's a cold front that has lost steam across the Stateline, with areas south of the stalled frontal boundary remaining in the humid weather. The heat and humidity is set to spark afternoon showers and a few rumbles of thunder, primarily south of I-88.
Most of the region remains dry through Thursday, which is a sign of things to come as rain chances remain low into the weekend.
Rain, cooler weather returns Sunday:
Of the two weekend days, Saturday looks to be the best in terms of being able to get outdoors. Highs through the end of the work week and into the weekend remain in the lower 80s, but Sunday brings a change in the weather.
The most notable change is the chance for rain and storms Sunday. As of early Thursday, Sunday doesn't look to be a washout. However, the chance for rain is going to be more widespread as a slow-moving cold front slides through.
Rain showers could stick around into the early part of the work week as temperatures continue to drop. By the start of the week, high temperatures settle a solid 5° to 10° below average, placing temperatures in the middle 70s.
Beyond Monday's widely scattered rain shower chances, the first half of the next work week remains fairly dry.