ROCKFORD (WREX) – The weather may feel a little summer-like for the start of the holiday weekend, with warmer temperatures, extra humidity, and a chance for showers and storms.
A departing warm front that brought in showers and storms last night leaves behind warmer air and higher humidity. Temperatures will be near 80 today, giving us one of the warmest days of the month. With the added humidity, conditions will feel muggy at times in the afternoon. The heat index even pops up a little, with “feels like” conditions in the low 80’s. Drink plenty of extra water, since we haven’t had much of this kind of heat yet.
After a warm afternoon, a cold front approaches from the northwest, and may fire up a new round of showers and thunderstorms. There is a slight risk for severe weather during this time. Damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall will be the threats. Since we are so waterlogged with recent rain, any additional heavy rain may quickly cause flash flooding.
After a chance for storms along the cold front Saturday night, the weather looks to stay dry for much of Sunday. High pressure fills in, providing slightly cooler and definitely drier air. We get rid of some of the mugginess, and see showers and storms stay to our south. We may stay dry from Sunday morning to Monday morning, providing hopefully 24 hours or more of dry weather.
Memorial Day could see showers return during the morning to early afternoon. The weather won’t be as active, so storms are unlikely. Both Sunday and Monday stay in the middle to low 70’s.
If you like today’s heat, we could see this kind of warmth again on Tuesday. Tuesday night may also provide another shot at severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. Flash flooding may be a threat Tuesday night as well.
Those hoping for dry weather may get some good news late next week. After Tuesday night’s storms, the weather may stay dry from Wednesday to Friday, giving us much-need relief from the rain. We’ll be a little cooler again and in the low 70’s, but at least it may not be raining.