With Spring now only 9 days away, it look like we will get a little taste of Spring before it officially begins. With that said, temperatures will continue to warm up as we go into the middle of the week. Starting with tomorrow, for your Tuesday, we should top out slightly above average with a high of 46 degrees.
Temperatures have been below average since February 25th which includes today. This makes it now 14 consecutive days that Rockford has seen high temperatures below average. By Wednesday and Thursday, we have the chance to tie or break the record high temperature.
The warmth is all thanks to a the position of the jet stream. As the jet stream lifts to the north of the region, a strong low pressure system will ride along it and drag warm moist air up from the south.
This will bring temperatures close to near 55° on Wednesday and close to 60° on Thursday. And if you live in southern Illinois, you could see temperatures close to 70° line. After a cold front passes through last Thursday night into Friday morning, we fall back into the upper 30s and lower 40s for the weekend.
After seeing some rain this past weekend, this same system will also give us another chance for rain late tomorrow (Tuesday) and into Wednesday). Clouds will increase turning mostly cloudy during the late afternoon and early evening hours on Tuesday. We should remain dry until we get closer to the 6 and 7 o’clock hours.
Overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, showers and a few thunderstorms will slide though the Stateline. Some of the rain will be heavy at times before things start to lighten by Thursday afternoon. A flurry or two is possible Friday as temperatures go back down to below average.