Another windy day across the Sauk Valley yesterday along with dry conditions that came together to prompt the issuance of a Red Flag Warning.
The winds will be less of a nuisance today compared to yesterday as gusts should remain below 20 MPH through the day as our above average temperature pattern continues. A weak disturbance to our north will provide an increase in clouds as the day progresses but temperatures will still be warm with highs again expected in the middle 70s. This disturbance may set off an isolated shower or two as we head into the early evening hours, but nothing too widespread as the level of moisture this system has to work with remains very low.
Wednesday will feature more clouds than sunshine and windy conditions returning, however it will still be quite warm with highs again in the middle 70s.
Thursday we return to increased sunshine but slightly cooler, with highs in the middle 60s. Rain chances increase as we close out the work week and get into the first part of the upcoming weekend ahead of a cold front.
Speaking of rain, things have been very quiet on that front for much of this month so far as over 95% of the month has remained dry with no observed rainfall thus far. We have to go back almost 2 weeks to see our last precipitation event and even that one was very light. The next organized rainfall event sets up for the later half of Friday and into the first part of Saturday and that is when we should be able to throw more liquid into the rainfall bucket. How much is yet to be determined. Stay tuned!
Looking at temperatures so far this month we have again had quite a string of above average readings with only 3 days seeing below average temperatures. Nearly 79% of the month has been spent above average so far. No complaints here! It could be worse and thankfully it appears the above average trend will continue, this week anyway.
Looking out farther, we'll have a few leftover showers possible early Saturday, otherwise some leftover clouds will stick around with more sunshine returning by Sunday with slightly cooler temperatures. The beginning of next week so far looking dry and seasonably mild. Not bad! We'll take it!