If you haven't been able to let summer go, you'll enjoy the forecast today. We get another shot at the 80's today despite partly sunny skies. It will be a windy day though, and that will help our temperatures climb. You'll notice the breezy winds from the southwest sustained at 10-20 mph and gusting as high as 35 mph. Temperatures today will climb into the low 80's and even mid 80's just a bit farther south of Rockford. It may be a bit of a stretch to break the record, which is 87° set back in 1950. However, the forecast high is 82° and if we make it there, our temperature will be 20° above the average for this time of year. To put that into perspective, our overnight low's this morning, near 70°, were warmer than the average high ( of 62°) we should be seeing.
While we will be much above average today, the temperature trend goes down through the week, and we could end up below the average by Thursday and Friday. Temperatures will drop into the upper 50's and low 60's by the end of the week and stay steady in the low 60's this weekend.
So whether you are a fan of summer or fall, this week's forecast features something for everyone!