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ROCKFORD (WREX) — The pleasantly cool temperatures last week give way to heat and humidity this week. Summertime temperatures come with only minimal chances for rain or thunderstorms.
Warming up slowly:
Average high temperatures during the work week last week were in the middle 70s. It was a pleasant break from the heat that the summer months kicked off with. This week brings a return to more summer-like weather conditions, with a few 90s even potentially peppered in.
The warmer weather gets underway as early as Monday, with highs topping out into the upper 80s. Dew points remain between 55° and 60° through the start of the work week. As a reminder, any dew point under 60° is generally considered comfortable, especially by July standards. Enjoy the comfortable levels of humidity, because that is also going to climb through the week.
Tuesday features highs a degree or two warmer, with Rockford likely seeing the fourth 90° high so far in July. Wednesday features a few more clouds, which could hold high temperatures into the middle 80s. Both Thursday and Friday bring high temperatures close to 90° as well.
It isn't just high temperatures that warm up. Overnight lows slowly begin to climb, with lows Wednesday night only falling into the upper 60s. Lows warm up thanks to higher dew points, which could approach the 65° to 70° range by the end of the week.
Rain chances dry up:
As temperatures rise, rain chances dwindle. High resolution weather models indicate Tuesday night brings a small potential for an isolated shower or storm. This primarily comes in after sunset, generally between 9 p.m. and midnight Wednesday.
Thursday and Friday feature very isolated chances for late day thunderstorms. Perhaps a slightly better chance for rain and thunderstorms come in Saturday. That being said, it does not appear that a washout is ahead.