ROCKFORD (WREX) — Within a few days, the new month feels more like the one that comes after it. Temperatures slowly drop to September-like levels by early next week.
Near average for now:
Conditions won't immediately fall off as July wraps up and August begins. Temperatures stay near average (though slightly below) through Saturday.
Like we saw Thursday, temperatures barely get above 80 degrees Friday and Saturday. Both days have low humidity and a few clouds in the sky. The weather remains dry through Sunday morning.
At night, temperatures cool into the upper 50's to low 60's. There may be a touch of humidity in the air still turning the air conditioning off at night may be helpful, but won't have the same effect as when the air is extra crisp and cool.
September weather starts Sunday:
Another cold front moves through Sunday, dropping temperatures to levels we usually see in early to mid-September.
The cold front sparks a chance for rain Sunday. Scattered showers with a slight chance for storms develops as the front slides through. The afternoon won't be a washout, but plan on some wet weather during the afternoon to evening. An area of low pressure may keep scattered showers going on Monday.
Between the clouds, showers, and cooler air, temperatures fall off to levels we usually see later this year. Conditions stay in the upper 70's Sunday and Monday. The cooler air fully takes hold by Tuesday, leaving us in the middle 70's, or close to 10 degrees below average.
The weather won't stay cool long term. We still have plenty of summer heat to get through. Late next week, temperatures look to approach average again. While this won't be scorching heat, the weather resembles usually August weather again by next weekend. For now, the extended forecast remains dry and somewhat sunny, even as we warm up.