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Cooler weather rules one week after summer preview

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — The summer-like weather doesn't return anytime soon, as we stay on the cooler end this week. The cool pattern leaves us high and dry as well.

Cooling off:

One week after seeing the 80's, temperatures may struggle to warm for a few days.

Cooler airflow for much of the week leaves us either slightly or plenty below average throughout the week. There's only one chilly day ahead, however, as nearly average other day feels seasonable.

Tuesday cools a little and into the middle 50's during the day, while at night we drop to just above freezing. While frost isn't likely that night, it is a friendly reminder that we usually don't see our last spring frost until late April.

Wednesday gets the distinction of being the coldest day of the week. Temperatures fall into the upper 40's, which is over 10 degrees below average. Conditions won't fall below freezing Wednesday night, but they'll get close.

We hover slightly below average well into next week.

The weather warms back up a little by the end of the week. Emphasis on the word 'little'; starting Thursday, we get back only into the middle 50's.

Friday and Saturday get close to 60 degrees. Sunday and beyond alternate between the upper 50's and low 60's. Warmer than usual weather may not move in again until late this month.

Quiet and dry:

The weather stays dry at least during this cooler weather pattern. We could use a little dry time too, as the last 5 days have been fairly rainy. We picked up roughly 1/3" of rain per day, leaving us at 1 1/2" (or more) as a 5-day total.

Tuesday features a chance for isolated sprinkles in the afternoon, but rainfall won't amount to much if they do come to pass.

Without rain in the forecast for a while, it may be a good week for yard work!

Outside of Tuesday, the remainder of the week stays partly to mostly cloudy. Saturday could provide scattered sprinkles again, but like with Tuesday little rain piles up.

After the recent rainy stretch, Rockford is back above average for the month on rainfall. We have a little wiggle room as a result if we have a long dry stretch. That may be what we see as this week stays quiet, and the next 2 weeks remain drier than usual. We may not see a rainy pattern again until late this month or early next 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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