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ROCKFORD (WREX) — High temperatures since Saturday have been consistently above average, but a dramatic change is underway.
Taking a drop:
Saturday's high of 88° tied a nearly-30-year-old record in Rockford. Sunday featured high temperatures 2° shy of the daily record in Rockford. Monday's high of 75° was a solid 5° to 10° above average for early May.
A reality check is underway, with average forecast high temperatures through Thursday only in the lower 60s. Highs in areas outside of Rockford could struggle to get out of the 50s in Rochelle and Freeport. A northwesterly wind through the afternoon add a bit of chill to the feel, with gusts at times to 20 miles per hour.
As continued northwest winds pull in cooler air, temperatures could drop into the 30s in a few locations by early Wednesday morning. Despite the cool start, temperatures Wednesday manage to get a bit closer to average with abundant sunshine.
The brief rise is short-lived, as a cold front brings another drop by Thursday. Highs Thursday are forecast to climb into the upper 50s to near 60° Thursday with mostly cloudy skies
Several rain chances ahead:
Monday brought widespread showers and thunderstorms to the Stateline, with Rockford officially picking up just shy of two-thirds of an inch. Some areas of Northern Illinois received close to 2" of rain Monday as estimated by doppler radar.
The severe weather missed the Stateline Monday, but areas of Central Illinois did not escape the severe threat. Several tornadoes dropped around Springfield, Illinois, alongside multiple reports of strong winds and large hail.
Rain chances move in by Thursday, especially earlier in the day. Heavy rain and thunderstorms don't look likely, as rain chances look more scattered in nature.