Warmer temps are expected this week for much of Illinois, but some heavy rains are also in the forecast.
“After a string of cool days dating back for the last week or so, it does look like we’re going to finally turn the corner and warm things up later this week and on into the weekend,” said meteorologist Dan Hicks with Freese-Notis Weather.
Some areas of the state experienced frost Tuesday and Saturday mornings.
“Looking back toward the first of May, we’re running about four to eight degrees below normal across most of the Midwest,” Hicks said during a Tuesday visit with RFD Radio. “It’s going to be a little bit slow to warm up the next few days, but it looks like the threat of freezing night time temperatures is over with for now.”
Daytime highs should gradually moderate up into the 60s and 70s by Thursday.
“Normal highs are right around 70 in the far northern part of the state and upper 70’s in the south and it looks like that milder trend takes us into the weekend,” Hicks said.
But along with that warming comes increasing rain chances all the way through early next week.
“And I think during that period of time we are going to see some heavier rain,” Hicks said. "I’m thinking from half-inch to inch-and-a-half rain amounts.”