Peoria, Ill. – Central Illinois is expected to some summer-like heat for the end of the week before the risk of strong to severe storms returns on Sunday.
After weeks of cool and wet weather, Central Illinois is beginning to see a welcomed pattern change. Since April 1st Central Illinois has seen above average rainfall and below average temperatures. In fact, most of the region has seen 2-4 inches more than what is typically seen since the start of April.
The wet weather has prevented farmers from getting out in the fields. As of May 12th, only 11% of corn has been planted in Illinois when that number is typically at 82%. Only 3% of soybeans have planted when the amount is normally at 34% by now.
Even though scattered showers are in the forecast for Tuesday night, the weather is looking drier and warmer towards the end of the week. With the exception of a slight chance of storms Thursday, an upper-level ridge should keep Central Illinois Warm and dry through Saturday.
As a ridge of high-pressure slides out of the Central Plains and into the Midwest temperatures will climb into the low to mid-80s. Dew points are expected to reach the upper 60s and lower 70s making for some pretty humid afternoons.
A powerful storm system will move across the Central Plains Friday and Saturday bringing widespread severe weather from Texas to Nebraska. The same storm system is then expected to lift into the Midwest bringing more storms to Central Illinois on Sunday. With ample shear and instability in place, severe weather will be possible across Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas. The details of this event remain murky but it’s a storm system that is worth watching for Central Illinois.
Beyond Sunday, the weather pattern looks to start to make a shift into a more active weather pattern. It’s a pattern that could bring more heavy rain and storms to Central Illinois by the middle to end of next week.