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Sunny skies on repeat as temperatures begin an upward trend

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Sunny weather shows no sign of stopping as the weekend approaches. With the abundant sunshine comes a fast warm-up, especially by next week.

End of week sunshine:

Even a rainy Friday is a good one. But a sunny Friday just boosts the spirits a little bit more. The good news is this weather pattern shows no sign of slowing down this weekend, as multiple days of sunny weather are ahead.

Don't let the forecast for sunshine fool you into thinking morning kick off on a warm note. That's definitely not the case Friday morning, as many areas drop into the teens and lower 20s. The combination of clear skies and calm wind are to blame for the early Friday chill.

A much cooler start to Friday morning is underway.

Sunny skies mean a quick warm-up by the afternoon hours, with highs to end the work week climbing into the upper 30s outside of Rockford. In the Rockford area, expect highs to jump into the lower and possibly middle 40s.

A west to northwest wind of five to ten miles per hour could add a bit more chill to the "feels like" temperatures. Overall, as long as a windbreaker is being worn, getting outside should be a no-brainer!

Weekend warm-up:

The first weekend of March looks to be a beautiful one, with abundant sunshine both Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures climb a bit by Sunday, with highs potentially topping out into the 50s for only the second time this year so far.

Who ordered a four-day stretch of sunshine and warm weather?

Even warmer weather is ahead by next week, as southerly and southwesterly winds bring in the potential for 60s. Sunny skies next week do give way to rain and even thunderstorms eventually.

Big changes next week:

By midweek next week, an unsettled pattern of rain and even thunderstorms return. Temperatures in the upper 50s Wednesday mean whatever precipitation falls will do so in liquid form.

The warm weather gives way to rain by the middle of next week.

As warmer-than-average temperatures appear possible, this could set the stage for spring-like thunderstorms. A close eye will be kept to the sky Wednesday and Thursday, as a few rumbles of thunder could be heard.

Justin Ballard

Justin Ballard joined 13 WREX as the weekday morning meteorologist. He’s a proud graduate of UNC-Charlotte and happy to call Rockford home.

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