Dry and sunny weather interrupts rainy stretch

ROCKFORD (WREX) – Another break in the rainy weather arrives Thursday, this time with dry weather for the entire day.

The weather may start out a little cloudy Thursday morning, but quickly turns to sunny by the end of the morning. We’ll see clear and dry weather for the remainder of the day. Thanks to slightly cooler air kicking in, temperatures will fall to the middle 70’s. Westerly winds will be breezy and gust to 25 mph during the afternoon.

The dry weather doesn’t last long. Strong to severe storms are possible again on Friday. Large hail and damaging winds will be the main threats again. The risks will be equal across the Stateline this time. It’s too early to say when the storms and rain will come through, so pay close attention to the evolving forecast, especially if you have outdoor weekend plans.

Saturday and Sunday have slight chances for scattered showers and storms, then Memorial Day may end up being rainy for at least part of the time. For now, storm activity looks to be mostly during Saturday morning, then Sunday could have on-and-off rainfall. Memorial Day may have sporadic rain activity as well.

We’ll have to wait awhile for a longer stretch of dry weather. Unsettled weather lingers into Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Both of those days look to have some rainfall, with storms possible. The weather at least stays near average; we’ll have highs in the middle to upper 70’s going into late next week.

Late next week does look promising for a longer dry stretch. We may see much of the end of next week and weekend with dry conditions. The Climate Prediction Center’s long range outlook does show the possibility of below average precipitation into early June. This could mean plenty more dry days are coming early next month.

Alex Kirchner

Alex Kirchner

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