Slight warm up Saturday but we remain unseasonably cooler overall for now
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Friday definitely felt like the first full day of fall across the Stateline with the given temperatures and sky conditions around here. Although I think we’ll see many breaks in the clouds for the weekend, the cooler-than-normal conditions look to last for several days. However, if we look longer range, we’re looking at some potential changes.
Friday’s high of 59° was the coolest high temperature for Rockford in 140 days (approx. 4.5 months). You have to go back to May 6 when the Chicago Rockford International Airport had an identical high. With that in mind, we’re seeing these temperatures about a month ahead of schedule. For Rockford, the normal high drops to 59° on October 23-24.
Plus or minus a stray sprinkle or light shower chance Saturday afternoon/evening and on Sunday, the weekend will overwhelmingly be dry. Expect a mix of clouds and sun on both days with Saturday being a bit warmer. Highs near 70° are likely for Saturday as we’ll have warmer southwest winds in here. Then a cold front will bring that rain chance overnight Saturday into early Sunday along with a shifting wind. Sunday calls for Canadian air with winds coming from the northwest and highs in the mid-to-upper 60s.
These northwest winds on Sunday, which may gust over 30 mph at times, are expected to continue into Monday. Overall, it’s definitely not worth canceling any outdoor plans because, for the most part, it will be a pleasant weekend ahead.
TURNING COOLER AGAIN
After our temperatures get right near normal for Saturday, you can expect several more days of below-normal temperatures with the coolest day as of now being Tuesday. Highs near 60° and sun are likely for Monday and then back into the upper 50s for Tuesday. It’s also entirely possible, but not a guarantee that Tuesday night could bring a patchy frost risk. That’s because overnight lows will potentially get into the upper 30s for the first time this season. This is something we’ll definitely be keeping an eye on.
LOOKING LONGER RANGE
High pressure will rule the forecast for next week and potentially into next weekend, too. That will keep our weather quiet and mostly sunny along with allowing for a bit of a warm-up. Toward late next week and into next weekend to open October, we’re looking at temperatures slightly above normal to welcome the new month. This goes in line with the latest 8-14 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center.
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