Cool stretch to extend into third day Thursday, though warmth nowhere near finished
Several days of 80s promised in September’s closing days
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Fall is officially underway, having arrived at 2:21 this afternoon, and boy did it ever feel like it!
Temperatures Wednesday topped out between 65° and 69°, marking the first time we failed to reach 70° since July 8. It also happened to be the coldest day since a 67° high temperature occurred nearly four months ago, back in late May. Lastly, it’s the coolest open to Fall since a 60° high temperature on September 22, 2012.
Now, with that said, no reason to get depressed because history suggests we have not yet seen our last 80s of the year. In fact, several days in the 80s are still ahead of us. Generally speaking, our last 80° temperature doesn’t historically occur until October 7. Meantime, the last 75° temperature occurs about a month from now, so we’ve still got plenty of time to enjoy some nice warm days. Today just didn’t happen to be one of them.
A pesky upper level low pressure system has left much of the area cloudy Wednesday, while others basked in bright sunshine for much of the day. Along and east of Interstate 39, clouds remained relatively dominant, while west of I-39, the picture was considerably brighter.
The expectation moving forward is that this storm system may drift back a little bit to the west, or retrograde as we call that in the meteorological community. While most, if not all of us do stay dry, there will be a fair amount of cloudiness around, especially east once again, and a sprinkle cannot be completely ruled out
Skies will clear Thursday night, and Friday’s to start on a rather sunny note.
Southwesterly breezes will blow with gusto for much of Friday, sending temperatures soaring to near 80°.
However, later in the day we are going to cloud over as cold front approaches from the north and west, which could serve as the focus for our next round of showers and perhaps even a few embedded thunderstorms. While the timing is still a bit uncertain regarding this potential, there may be an impact on Friday night’s football games.
That appears to be the one and only chance for showers and storms in the coming week, and rainfall amounts hardly look impressive.
The front’s passage brings briefly cooler, but seasonable temperatures for Saturday, with highs in the lower 70s expected. Beginning Sunday and then continuing through the end of September, temperatures are expected to be in the 80s, with a few days likely to be well into the 80s.
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