Heat and humidity start climbing this weekend

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ROCKFORD (WREX) – Southerly winds are coming back to the Stateline, which means a little more humidity and heat will build in going into the weekend. We won’t be back to the levels we saw last Friday and Saturday, however.

Starting tonight, dew point temperatures will climb to the low 60’s. This is considered “slightly humid”. We’ll have lows in the low 60’s, so the air may feel a little more stuffy at times. Some cloud cover will be overhead, but no rain is expected.

Friday has us back into the middle 80’s, thanks to the warmer southerly winds. As the moisture in the air continues to climb, conditions may feel humid. However, the air will still be relatively comfortable. For reference, we’ll see dew points in the low 60’s Friday, versus dew points around 80 degrees last Friday. That is a huge difference in humidity!

Partly cloudy weather and dry conditions will hold on Friday through Sunday. The weekend features temperatures close to 90 degrees, but falling just short. Humidity will only be up slightly more, but not to an uncomfortable point yet.

Starting Sunday night, showers and storms return along a cold front entering the region. Severe weather isn’t expected, but we may get a few downpours. Up to 1″ of rain is possible Sunday night into Monday. It should be spread out enough that flash flooding isn’t likely. In fact, we could use a good 1″ of rain, considering how dry it’s been lately. Rockford is close to 1/2″ below average for rainfall on the month, and nearly 2″ below average for the summer season. Look for Monday’s rainfall to help make up some of that deficit.

Behind the cold front, temperatures cool to the low 80’s again early next week. We may get back to the upper 80’s late next week, in almost a copy of this week’s temperature trend.

Alex Kirchner

Alex Kirchner

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