ROCKFORD (WREX) — After taking some time off from muggy weather, hot and humid weather returns this weekend, along with a chance for a few storms. The cool weather doesn't look to return anytime soon.
We haven't seen the 90's since two weekends ago, when temperatures topped that mark both days (in fact, July 26 is currently the hottest day of 2020 for Rockford, with a high of 95°). We may get back to the 90's by the end of the weekend.
Saturday won't be too hot, but humidity may be a bigger factor. Temperatures warm into the middle 80's Saturday afternoon. With the higher humidity, the "feels like" conditions reach the low 90's. Saturday night doesn't cool off much and stays in the low 70's, leading to a stuffy night.
Sunday is the hottest day of the weekend, with temperatures possibly returning to the 90's. Rockford's forecast is right at 90°, so there's a possibility of falling just short. The near-90° weather is only half the story; with the uncomfortable levels of humidity, the heat index may get close to 100°. Take it easy if spending time outside Sunday!
Temperatures cool off next week, but only down to average. We'll see plenty of the middle to low 80's next week. The cool weather we saw earlier this week may have to wait until closer to fall to return.
On top of the heat, a few storms may add to the summer feel of the weekend. Storms are not expected to be severe, but heavy downpours and gusty winds are possible.
The first low chance for rain occurs Saturday morning. A complex of storms zipping through the region from northern Minnesota may approach the Stateline in the morning. This complex is expected to weaken and dry up upon getting close to us, but there's a slight chance this holds together and provides a quick shower or storm in the morning. The rest of the day looks to remain dry.
Sunday also looks to stay mainly dry, but an isolated shower or storm may bubble up in the afternoon heat. While you can plan on plenty of dry time, stay weather aware and keep one eye on the sky.
The best chance for rain looks to be Sunday night into Monday morning. Another complex of storms looks to develop, and could bring scattered showers and storms to the Stateline late Sunday. Dry weather should take back over by later Monday morning.