Unseasonably Hot Weather Expected This Holiday Weekend

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



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