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FRIDAY: Partly sunny with a shower or thunderstorm. High: 84. Winds: Light Southwest.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 61. Winds: Light Northeast.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 81. Winds: North 5-10 mph.

Joe Crain
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist







Almanac

FRIDAY AUGUST 1, 2014

NORMAL HIGH: 86
NORMAL LOW:
65

RECORD HIGH:
99 (1987)
RECORD LOW: 
52 (1962)

SUNRISE: 5:57 a.m.
SUNSET: 
8:12 p.m.

After an exceptionally cool July, temperatures will start to warm up into the start of August.

In fact, July was the third coolest July on record in the Capital City with an average temperature of 71.6 degrees -- just shy of the record 71 degree average in 1891 -- as a persistent low pressure trough over the Eastern U.S. and Canada help to keep temperatures below normal for extended periods throughout the month.

As the trough begins to break down and shift eastward, temperatures will be slowly warming in the coming days from highs in the lower 80's to start the weekend to the upper 80's by early next week. Likewise, overnight lows will range from the lower 60's the next few mornings to near 70 by early Tuesday morning. 

While July finished nearly 1.5" below normal for precipitation, August could start out on a wet note with a few "hit or miss" showers and thunderstorms Friday and Saturday. However, forecast models are rather stingy on rainfall with most locations receiving well under a quarter inch over the two afternoons.

The extended forecast offers abundant sunshine and slowly warming temperatures before showers and thunderstorms return by Wednesday and Thursday as a cold front moves through central Illinois. Once the front clears, temperatures will once again cool off late next week.

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

Joe Crain
Storm Team 20 Meteorologist


 

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