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Slightly hotter Friday ahead with a rain chance this weekend

Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 7:21 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Another high of 90° in the history books for 2022 occurred today and we’ll continue adding to that book in the days ahead. We’ll warm up slightly for Friday and the beginning of the weekend before another cold front comes knocking. That brings one of the only rain chances in our near future as a potential drought still looms.

First and foremost, this is for any early riser in the morning. About a half-hour before sunrise Friday morning (around 4:50 a.m.), if you’re up definitely head outside and find the waning crescent moon in the skies. Surrounding our neighbor, you’ll see the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all aligned in order from their distance from the sun. This rare phenomenon has not occurred since December 2004, and this year, the distance between Mercury and Saturn will be smaller, according to Sky & Telescope.

If you miss the five-planet alignment in sequential order, the next one will happen in 2040.

If you're up early enough Friday morning, you'll see five planets in order in a row by the moon...
If you're up early enough Friday morning, you'll see five planets in order in a row by the moon just before sunrise.(Ethan Rosuck, WIFR)

Southerly winds will return on Friday and that will help get our temperatures back into the lower 90s with lots of sunshine. Luckily it won’t be too windy but it may feel a tad more humid but not bad overall. It’ll be great for anything outside during the day or at night but as always, be sure to have the sunscreen handy! We’ll have the warmer temperatures stick around into Saturday which will have highs in the upper 80s before a cold front comes through.

Looking good for Friday as it'll be slightly hotter and slightly more humid but not bad.
Looking good for Friday as it'll be slightly hotter and slightly more humid but not bad.(Ethan Rosuck, WIFR)
Friday looks great with slightly warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine.
Friday looks great with slightly warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine.(Ethan Rosuck, WIFR)

We’re currently thinking two different rounds of showers and isolated storms are possible for Saturday. The first one will come in the morning bringing mainly a wind and small hail threat before we get a break for the middle portion of the day. Currently, the Storm Prediction Center has the far western counties along the Mississippi River under a level one Marginal Risk for severe weather with a hail and wind threat. This would be for any storms that may develop in the morning and then again in the early evening along the front.

Thinking round #1 will come in the morning making noise to start the day early.
Thinking round #1 will come in the morning making noise to start the day early.(Ethan Rosuck, WIFR)
We should get a sizable break for the middle of the day Saturday.
We should get a sizable break for the middle of the day Saturday.(Ethan Rosuck, WIFR)
Our next cold front will pass through Saturday night that may bring additional showers and...
Our next cold front will pass through Saturday night that may bring additional showers and storms.(Ethan Rosuck, WIFR)
With a cold front that will pass through Saturday evening, there is a small severe risk for our...
With a cold front that will pass through Saturday evening, there is a small severe risk for our western counties at this point in time.(Ethan Rosuck, WIFR)

The key will be if we break into any sunshine during our midday break that will re-charge our atmosphere. This is something we’ll keep an eye on but at least we’ll have some dry hours. After the front clears the region before midnight, Sunday and Monday will be seasonably cooler with highs hovering around 80° and sunny skies.

After Saturday's cold front, we'll cool off slightly for Sunday and Monday.
After Saturday's cold front, we'll cool off slightly for Sunday and Monday.(Ethan Rosuck, WIFR)

Recent sunshine, warm temperatures, and lack of rainfall have resulted in evaporation greatly exceeding precipitation. This has allowed low-end drought conditions to develop across a large portion of the area. If dry weather persists, drought could spread and worsen in the coming weeks.

The only chance for rain the next five days exists mainly on Saturday.
The only chance for rain the next five days exists mainly on Saturday.(Ethan Rosuck, WIFR)
Recent sunshine, warm temperatures, & lack of rainfall have resulted in evaporation greatly...
Recent sunshine, warm temperatures, & lack of rainfall have resulted in evaporation greatly exceeding precipitation. This has allowed low end drought conditions to develop across a large portion of the area.(Ethan Rosuck, WIFR)

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