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WEDNESDAY: Sunny in the morning with increasing clouds throughout the afternoon. Warmer. High: 85. Winds: South 10-15 mph.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms developing in the evening and becoming more likely after Midnight. Low: 65. Winds: South 10-15 mph.

THURSDAY: Strong to severe thunderstorms. High: 80. Winds: South 10-15 mph.

Joe Crain
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist




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Threatening storms Thursday followed by much cooler weather for the weekend highlight the 7-day outlook for central Illinois.

After a sunny start Wednesday morning, clouds will be increasing throughout the afternoon ahead of approaching storms that could develop during the evening hours and become more likely during the overnight hours and continue through the morning commute on Thursday.

After a lull in precipitation late morning and early Thursday afternoon, a strong cold front will begin to push into mid-Illinois with the threat of severe weather. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has now included central Illinois within the "Slight Risk" area for severe storms Thursday -- especially late afternoon and early evening -- as the cold front moves through with the potential of damaging winds and locally heavy rains of at least 1.5", although some forecast models are indicating as much as 2" or more of rainfall by the time any lingering showers taper off early Friday morning.

Once any lingering rain ends early Friday morning, skies will clear as high pressure builds in over the weekend with a surge of much cooler air that will plunge temperatures with highs only in the 50's by Saturday and lows well into the 40's over the weekend.

THE 7-DAY TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK: Look for highs in the lower to mid- 80's Wednesday; around 80 Thursday; lower 60's Friday; upper 50's Saturday; upper 60's Sunday and Monday; and, lower 70's Tuesday. Overnight lows will drop to the mid- 60's Wednesday night; upper 50's Thursday night; lower 40's Friday and Saturday night; and, mid- 40's Sunday and Monday night.

Joe Crain
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist


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