Weather Now Forecast

Not all weekends are made equal, and this one looks better than most. Sunny skies will be present all weekend long with some perfect temperatures for this time of year. It will be a perfect time to get out in the fields for harvest, play some games in the yard, or even just relax on the porch.

With lots of dry air in the area now, we will see essentially no beneficial or meaningful chances for rain all week long. The lone exception appears to be a front passing through late Wednesday, but even that looks to be a slim chance.

After a week of cool temperatures, we do expect to spend most of the next several days in the low to mid 70’s. Wednesday night’s cold front looks to drop those temperatures back down again however, as we may see a couple of days next week where we do not even make it to 60 degrees.

While wind chills will not be as bad this weekend, we will still feel some pretty chilly air at night that will make things feel a bit colder than what we would prefer in early October.

The quiet conditions in the area will continue through this weekend and on into next week. High pressure will remain in control, and it appears that the remnants of Hurricane Ian will stay southwest of here.

If we’re looking for rain, we’ve got to look way into next week. Looks like chances for rain will be limited but could return in the 7-10 day period. We’ll watch, but the pattern looks very dry.

Ian has transformed into a Post-Tropical Storm now as it has fully moved onto land. It will fall apart as it pushes further inland, but heavy rains and strong wind gusts are still possible across the Carolinas tonight through tomorrow morning. Category 1 Hurricane conditions were felt along the Carolina Coasts today, and although not as extreme as what happened in Florida, damage was still done.

Champaign County no longer is officially in severe drought, but moderate drought conditions continue along I-74 corridor towards Bloomington. Some improvement was noted in the area but conditions remain somewhat dry and look to stay that way into the next couple weeks.

While we expect a pretty noticeable drop in temperatures after a cold front passes through Wednesday of this coming week, the 8-14 Day Temperature Outlook calls for temperatures to return to average towards the middle part of October. Additionally, the 8-14 Day Precipitation Outlook calls for below average precipitation to continue across the area, making the forecast for the next couple of weeks a very dry one.

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