ROCKFORD (WREX) — Sunday afternoon was filled with scattered shower and storms chances and some brought in some strong winds, heavy rain, and hail. Some of these storms will be strong and need to be monitored closely. The chance for rain will continue for the remainder of the night, but the highest chance is during daylight hours.
Sunday’s storms are due to a frontal system that is sitting across the area. A warm air mass is moving the frontal system back into our region and providing enough lift for storms to develop. The biggest threats from these showers and storms will be heavy rainfall, lightning, and gusty winds. However, we can not rule out the chance for some hail to be associated with a few strong storms. With warmer air moving in, this does mean warmer temperatures are on the way as well.
Heat and humidity are on the rise in the region as temperatures will continue to sit in the upper 80’s and lower 90’s. From now on, temperatures in the afternoon will likely top out near the 90-degree mark and some spots may even get into the lower 90’s. However, let’s discuss the biggest threat which is the heat index values! Dew points are forecast to be in the upper 60’s and mid 70’s at times. If that indeed does verify, we could see heat index values hit or exceed 100 degrees. The worst days will be in the latter half of the week. This could lead to potentially the hottest work week of the season so far.
During times of high heat, make sure you know the limitation for your body. Stay hydrated and go inside when you feel hot. We also will have the chance for more isolated to scattered showers and storms to develop during the week.