ROCKFORD (WREX) – A warm day start to the week is ahead, but an approaching cold front will provide some relief from the heat.
Monday is underway and luckily, no rain is in the forecast to see you to work, but that could change by late this afternoon. The setup: a cold front is draped across the northern Great Plains and will slowly sag south by later today. While the sun is out now, a few more clouds will be likely by late in the afternoon. Most of the Stateline will remain dry until after the evening commute, so it’s safe to say the umbrella can be left at home for the time being.
Under the influence of high pressure and with mostly sunny skies this afternoon, high temperatures will climb into the upper 80’s. Heat index values will likely be a handful of degrees warmer than the forecast high, so be sure to pace yourself if you have outdoor plans this afternoon. It isn’t until later this evening when storms look to push into the region.
Models are in agreement that storms will be most likely move into the Stateline between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. The Storm Prediction Center has much of the region under a “slight” (2 out of 5) risk for severe storms, with gusty winds being the primary concern.
Storm coverage should decrease overnight into early Tuesday morning, but storm chances for Tuesday are still present. Isolated thunderstorms are possible tomorrow, but coverage doesn’t look as substantial as what it will look like later this evening. Highs tomorrow will be a handful of degrees cooler, with most spots only topping out in the low to mid 80’s.
A slightly more quiet weather pattern takes hold for the latter half of the week, with a return to mostly sunny skies and cooler-than-average highs.