Very hot weather will continue across central and southeast Illinois through the Independence Day Holiday. Areas south of the I-70 corridor will see the hottest weather, with highs well above 100 degrees each day through Monday. Locations between I-72 and I-70 will be around 100 degrees, while mid to upper 90s prevail further north.
Meanwhile, the hot and dry weather in June has intensified drought conditions across central and southeast Illinois. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor from June 26, extreme drought conditions in southern Illinois have been spreading northward, and now affect areas around Lawrenceville. Two areas of severe drought continue to affect the rest of the area. One extends from about the Illinois River east to the Bloomington, Decatur and Monticello areas. The second area covers much of southeast Illinois south of I-70.