ROCKFORD (WREX) – High pressure weather continues for another day as temperatures slowly warm.
It was a cool start to the morning, with many areas falling into the mid 50’s. A combination of low humidity, clear skies, and fairly calm winds overnight allowed for temperatures to cool quickly after sunset. Highs on Monday were only in the 70’s to near 80, so the quick fall in temperatures resulted in the ability to open the windows and get some fresh air. Another day of cooler-than-average temperatures are expected this afternoon, but we’ll add a few degrees to the thermometer.
Northwesterly winds will occasionally gust to 20 or 25 MPH through the afternoon, very similar to yesterday. As high pressure remains the dominant force at the surface, the pattern will remain dry and sunny. Highs should be able to climb into the lower 80’s today for most. The locations that are usually a few degrees cooler may stay in the 70’s. Regardless, with low humidity and plenty of sunny skies expected, another fantastic day is ahead in terms of weather.
Satellite and radar show two upper-level features across the Great Lakes region. The most noticeable disturbance, located over the U.P. of Michigan, will dive southward taking the chance for rain through central Michigan. A second shortwave is located over far northern Wisconsin and, as it dives into northern Illinois later today, could spark a few isolated showers or thunderstorms.
As cells begin to develop over central Wisconsin, a few gusty winds will be possible. The threat for severe weather is low as overall instability is lacking. A few isolated to widely scattered showers are possible locally until sunset. Once the sun sets, we’ll lose the heating of the day and storms should quickly dissipate.
Lows overnight fall into the upper 50’s to near 60 and with dew points forecast to be in the same ballpark as air temperatures, some patchy fog is possible by early tomorrow morning.