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Rain and summer-like warmth are around the corner

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Frosty conditions are out of the picture and typical May warmth is back. Next up: some hints of summer with much-needed rain showers and the possibility of the 80's.

One last quiet day:

Friday rounds out a quiet and dry week with one more day of sunny and tranquil weather. Much like the last several days, look for a brisk start to the morning, then temperatures warm quickly under a sunny sky. Unlike the past few days, conditions won't start out in the 30's. Frost stays away for the first time this week!

Friday starts out brisk, but the sunshine and warmer air results in another day in the 70's.

A few clouds may pop up from time to time in the afternoon. Temperatures warm into the low 70's for a second day in a row during the afternoon.

This looks to be the last milder and quiet day, as rain showers and higher heat works into the Stateline.

Weekend rain chances:

With drought conditions still in place for some spots of the Stateline (mainly near and east of I-39), we really could use some rainfall. Rockford is nearly 4" below average for rain this spring.

Rain slides in by Saturday morning, and could pop up a few times heading into next week.

Rain slides in quickly this weekend, but these showers won't reverse the drought conditions immediately. Light rain starts up before sunrise Saturday, then sticks around through the end of the morning. By Saturday afternoon, the weather turns mostly cloudy and dry. The afternoon temperatures turn a little cooler as well, with highs in the middle 60's.

The weather stays dry though Saturday night and much of Sunday. This won't help the dry conditions much, but it does help us plan out the weekend. Temperatures return to the low 70's Sunday afternoon.

There are some dry stretches, but plan on a little rain between the weekend and late next week.

Rain may pop up again Sunday night into Monday morning. We also may get a few brief heavier showers during this time, so the weather could be a little soggy to start off next week. This next chance for rain leaves quickly Monday morning. We might not see much else for rain until late in the week.

Heat and storms next week?:

After a rainy start to Monday, rain chances fall down to just slight for Tuesday and Wednesday. Both of those days look mainly dry, but we can't completely rule out rain just yet.

A higher chance for rain and even some storms comes in on Thursday. The long range models, for now, paint a soggy picture for Thurdsay, with rain falling for much of the day. This may still change, so we'll fine tune the forecast as we get closer to next week.

Temperatures rise to near 80 degrees by late next week.

Some summer-like heat builds in along with the rain chances. Highs are back in the middle 70's Monday and Tuesday, then closer to 80 degrees Wednesday and beyond. We might just sneak into the 80's by next Saturday.

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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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