Unseasonably hot temperatures will overspread central and southeast Illinois this Memorial Day weekend, with temperatures well into the 90s. The hottest conditions are expected on Sunday, when highs in the mid 90s will be common. Locations south of I-70 may even reach the upper 90s! Temperatures on Memorial Day will range from 90 to 95 degrees, with the warmest weather again in southeast Illinois. The heat wave is expected to end Monday night, following passage of a cold front.
With the holiday weekend, a large number of people will be spending some time outdoors during this heat wave. If you have to spend any time outside, be sure to remain hydrated by drinking plenty of water, wear sunscreen, and try to avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day. Additional safety rules are available at this link.
Some record highs for this weekend across central and southeast Illinois:
|Location||Saturday's Record||Sunday's Record||Monday's Record|
|Bloomington||95 in 1911||95 in 1911||94 in 1895|
|Champaign||95 in 1911||93 in 1967||94 in 1991|
|Charleston||97 in 1911||97 in 1911||97 in 1911|
|Decatur||94 in 1985 +||96 in 1911||94 in 1991 +|
|Effingham||92 in 1972 +||94 in 1972||91 in 1991 +|
|Galesburg||91 in 1985||91 in 2006||93 in 2006|
|Jacksonville||94 in 1953||92 in 1911||92 in 2006 +|
|Lincoln||94 in 1926||94 in 1985||94 in 2006|
|Peoria||95 in 1911||94 in 1911||95 in 2006|
|Springfield||95 in 1911||94 in 1911||94 in 2006|
+ indicates last of several occurrences