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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Friday could tie or top Thursday's hot weather, leaving us close to 100 degrees for a second day in a row. Some relief from the heat spills in this weekend, even if temperatures don't change much.
Frying on Friday:
Friday looks a lot like Thursday, as we'll see a ton of sunshine and heat. With barely any cloud cover, temperatures soar into the upper 90's for a second day in a row. That places us right near record territory for a second day.
Unlike Thursday, Friday remains dry from start to finish across the board. The pesky pop-up storms won't develop, since the "trigger" for these storms leaves the region tonight. As a result, look for hot, humid, and sunny weather all day on Friday.
For reference, Rockford has not hit 100 degrees since 2012. We may get close on Friday, but likely falling a degree or two short.
A cold front slides into the region Saturday, bringing a few changes to the weather pattern. We may not feel as hot or as humid after this weekend.
As that cold front moves in, watch out for a chance for thunderstorms as early as late Friday evening. Scattered showers and storms sweep through Friday night, and could end early Saturday morning. That may be it for rainfall this weekend, though a slight chance for showers lingers into Saturday afternoon.
Depending on how the clouds and showers shake out on Saturday, we may see another day in a row in the 90's. Saturday has a decent change of falling short, however, if enough clouds are in the way. Rockford has only had 3 days below the 90's so far this month.
The air stays humid on Saturday, but once we get to Sunday, it'll feel like a whole different world. The temperaures don't change much; look for highs near 90 degrees again. However, the humidity is a ton lower. Dew points fall to the low 50's, and possibly into the upper 40's. What does this mean for us? The air feels dry, so the heat doesn't feel as uncomfortable. Look for a lot of sunshine to round out the weekend.
Cooler next week:
It takes a few days for the weather to cool, but eventually we get away from the 90's for a short while.
Monday stays in the low 90's, then we slowly drop to the middle 80's by the middle of the week. We may get treated to a night in the low 50's by Tuesday night, if we're lucky. Thursday and Friday jump back to the low 90's, but then we may settle into the 80's again next weekend.
During this stretch, the humidity stays nice and low. Look for a lot of sunshine as well throughout next week. While that makes the weather easy to plan around, another week of only sunshine isn't the greatest news. Drought conditions continue to expand around the Stateline, without much hope for a soaking rainfall in sight.