LINCOLN — Record low temperatures were recorded in several areas around Central Illinois over the weekend, and forecasters with the National Weather Service in Lincoln think the unseasonably cool temperatures will continue.
“There are no heat waves in the forecast,” said Matt Barnes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lincoln. “We have a persistent, northwesterly flow and that tends to bring cooler temperatures and that is what we can expect for the upcoming week.”
Record low temperatures were recorded in Lincoln, (48), breaking the old mark of 50 set in 1920; in Peoria (51), breaking the record of 53, last set in 1994; and in Springfield (48), breaking the previous mark of 53, set in 2004. In Normal, the low hit 51 degrees.
“This is very unusual for this late in July,” Barnes said.
Saturday’s high only 69 degrees in Lincoln. The normal high for July 27 would be 85 degrees, with the normal overnight low of 64 degrees.
“The temperatures will get warmer as the week goes along,” Barnes said. “We will hit the middle 70s on Monday and then by midweek, we will be around 80 degrees, but it is still not your typical late-July temperatures.”
There could be some rain in the forecast as well. Monday night and Tuesday could bring some showers and thunderstorms.
“I think most of the rain is going to go to the south of the Bloomington-Normal area, so there won’t be significant rainfall totals,” he said.