We are now in meteorological fall, the period from September 1 to November 30. As the hours of daylight continue to steadily diminish, so will the temperatures. However, in the short run we still have some warmth ahead. Unfortunately, the recent dry weather will continue. Drought conditions have developed again over about the western 1/2 of the Midwest.
The graphic from the Chicago Tribune shows the predicted temperatures into next week. As can be seen, plenty of days in the 80s are expected. Any dip into the 70s for highs will be short lived. Unfortunately, the warm pattern also means continued basically dry weather. For Illinois, the month of August was the third driest on record, much drier than August 2012.
For the metro area, temperatures will dip some into the 70s for Thursday, but back into the 80s for the weekend. Humidity values will continue low. While storms disrupted some holiday weekend events, they provided much needed rain with local amounts in some areas of 3+ inches. On the whole though, the general area continues dry as is seen in the graphic.
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