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Spring conditions return with cooler and rainy weather

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Tuesday provided a preview of summer weather as temperautres hit the 80's for the first time this year. Getting to the 80's again looks like a dream over the rest of the week. The weather slowly cools off, while showers may stay stubbornly in the forecast.

Wet weather ahead:

After escaping the rain chances Tuesday, spotty showers and a few storms return Wednesday.

Scattered showers and storms develop Wednesday night.

We may see a stray shower or storm as early as noon, but most of the morning and the afternoon remain dry. The main round of rain doesn't move in until the evening. We get scattered showers and storms initially, then the rain turns toward spotty light showers for the rest of the night.

Severe weather isn't likely, since the elements for severe weather line up better to our west and south. That said, have a way to get alerts from the 13 Weather Authority just in case, as it is severe weather season.

Spotty light rain falls at times through Sunday.

The on-and-off scattered showers continue lightly falling into Thursday. There will be plenty of dry and cloudy time Thursday, but keep an eye out for spotty light rain from time to time.

A series of upper atmosphere low pressures keep this on-and-off light rain going through Friday and the weekend. We won't see a washout any of those days, but don't plan on completely dry weather either. We should see drier weather slowly move in early next week.

Dropping back to spring levels:

We won't keep riding the 80's from here on out. Wednesday gets close to that mark, but overall we drop back to typical April temperatures.

Midweek warms up to the upper 70's, but falls short of 80 degrees thanks to clouds and showers in the way. Starting Thursday, we are back in the low 60's. This is still a couple degrees above average, so while we cool off, we won't get cold necessarily.

While we cool later this week, temperatures remain in the 60's and a little above average.

The low 60's for highs keep going into early next week. Beyond Monday, however, we may fall into the 50's for an extended stretch. This could lead to a frosty night or two into the middle of the month.

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Alex Kirchner

Alex Kirchner is the Chief Meteorologist at 13 WREX. He joined the 13 Weather Authority in 2014. 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 2 regional Emmy awards.

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