ROCKFORD (WREX) – High pressure will keep the weather quiet and dry for several days in a row. Despite all of the sunshine coming, don’t expect hot weather to return anytime soon.
Coming off a big weekend cool down, temperatures will be crisp overnight. We’ll see lows in the upper 50’s, with very low humidity by summer standards. The weather remains clear and dry, with a light north breeze.
Tuesday has temperatures creeping back into the lower 80’s. We’ll still benefit from the lower humidity, along with a sunny sky.
Starting Wednesday, temperatures and the humidity will slowly creep upward. While conditions may start to feel hot again, the humidity doesn’t look to return to the levels we experienced last week. We’ll be in the middle 80’s for temperatures through Friday. Dew points get back to the middle 60’s, which is when you’ll notice some humidity in the air, but it won’t feel too muggy.
Over the weekend, temperatures continue their slow climb into the upper 80’s to near 90 degrees, but the humidity stays somewhat humid and no worse than that. We’ll continue to see a mainly sunny sky throughout this period too.
Rain may finally return next week with a chance for scattered showers and storms. Currently, Rockford is on average for rainfall for July. The month’s total is around 2 3/4″. However, the summer season in Rockford is nearly 1 1/2″ below average. With possibly 7 days in a row without rain, we may be a couple inches below average on the season by Monday. We likely won’t be going into drought anytime soon. However, you may need to get the hose or sprinkler out to keep your garden and planters happy.
Looking long term, the weather looks to heat back up above average by early August, according to the Climate Prediction Center. We may see above average rainfall over this stretch as well.