Welcome to summer! Mother Nature has decided to skip seasons and go right into the warm season. This amazing and unseasonably warm weather will continue not only this weekend but also through much of next week with temperatures averaging some 25 to 30 degrees above normal for this time of year. Rain chances will be quite minimal this weekend with perhaps an isolated shower or t-storm on Saturday and early Sunday with very low coverage.
Saturday: Partly sunny, windy and unseasonably warm with a 25 percent chance of an isolated shower or t-storm from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday.
Rain Amounts: 0.05 to 0.25 inches
Low temp: 59 degrees Fahrenheit
High temp: 76 degrees Fahrenheit
Wind: South to southwest at 15-25 mph with gusts to 25 mph.
Sunday: Partly sunny, windy and continued unseasonably warm.
Low temp: 60 degrees Fahrenheit
High temp: 77 degrees Fahrenheit
Wind: South to southwest at 15-25 mph with gusts 30 mph
Monday: Partly sunny and mild.
Low temp: 60 degrees Fahrenheit
High temp: 80 degrees Fahrenheit
Wind: Southwest at 10-20 mph
Your Week Ahead: March 16 to March 23
Temperature Trends: Temperatures will average some 25 degrees above normal.
Precipitation Trends: Precipitation will average near normal.
Weekend Pattern: A strong southwest flow aloft will be in place, and this will usher the warm air from the southern states. A frontal boundary will become stationary over the central Plains with the best chances of t-storms staying to our west and also to the east over the eastern lakes region and into the Ohio Valley. While an isolated t-storm cannot be ruled out, 90 percent of the weekend will remain dry.
Early to Midweek Pattern: The best chance of organized t-storms during the beginning of the week will stay to our west with warm weather continuing. There may be a few isolated showers and t-storms over the western half of the state on Monday and Tuesday which will never quite make it into our region. There will be an increased chance of showers and t-storms for northeast Illinois on Wednesday.
Late Week Pattern: A potent storm system will be moving through on Thursday with the possibility of some strong to possibly severe storms along with locally heavy downpours. Quieter weather will return by late Friday and Saturday as high pressure builds in from the northwest.
Temperatures: Temperatures will average well above normal with highs in the 70s through the weekend, warming into the lower 80’s during the beginning of the new week. Temperatures may cool off slightly by the end of period with highs in the upper 40’s and lower 50’s behind a storm system. Daily lows will mostly average in the 40’s and 50’s. There are signs that the rest of the month will continue to average above normal.
Severe Weather Watch
Since severe weather season is quickly approaching, here are a few safety tips below to prepare for the season. Here is the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.
Tornado Watch: Tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for changeable weather conditions. A watch usually lasts an average of six hours.
Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted by the public or by weather radar. Move to a pre-designated place of safety right away.
Look out for:
-A dark, greenish sky
-A low hanging wall cloud to the southwest
-A loud roar similar to a freight train
Source: The National Weather Service
Severe Weather Outlook: The risk of severe weather is low during the next seven days.