Saturday afternoon severe weather threatens central Illinois

Saturday afternoon severe weather threatens central Illinois

LINCOLN — Forecasters say to potential exists for large hail, isolated tornadoes and wind gusts up to 75 mph across central Illinois on Saturday afternoon.

That wind will be the biggest threat, according to the National Weather Service. Thunderstorms are expected to develop by early to mid-afternoon.

View the full 7-day forecast for Champaign here.

The greatest threat for severe weather exists between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday. Dangerous lightning and heavy rainfall is expected.

Hot, humid conditions interacting with a cold front is the culprit. Highs are forecast to reach the upper 80s and into the 90s on Saturday. 

Sunday holds another chance for thunderstorms and is expected to remain windy, with gusts as high as 25 mph. High temperatures are forecast around 85 degrees.

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