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Updated: heat watch extended into Saturday

NEW 3:31 p.m. Tuesday:

The excessive heat watch for East Central Illinois has been extended until Saturday night.

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From the National Weather Service:

Updated: Downed tree, power lines in Tolono

New 7 p.m.:

In Broadlands, a tree was reported down at County Roads 410 N and 2200 E.

New 6:30 p.m.:

Storms and heavy winds was causing downed power lines, fallen trees and power outages in rural Champaign County.

Officials at the Fisher Fair also reported all events scheduled for Wednesday night have been cancelled due to weather.

Updated: tornado watch, severe thunderstorm warning issued for Wednesday night

New 11:41 p.m. Wednesday:

From the National Weather Service:
 

6.65 inches of rain this month

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As of 8 a.m. Wednesday Champaign-Urbana already had received 6.65 inches of rain this month (the normal June total is 4.34 inches).

Other rainfall numbers:

— Last June C-U got 9.16 inches, the third-highest June total locally.

90 degrees again and again and again and again...

Here are some fun weather facts for the month so far, courtesy of WAND-TV Chief Meteorologist J.C. Fultz:

1 Champaign-Urbana already had seven days of temperatures of 90 degrees or higher so far this month — on June 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 19 and 20. We only had one day with temperatures that high last June.

Severe thunderstorm watch issued

From the National Weather Service:

    SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 275 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 PM EDT
    FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS
    
    ILC019-039-041-045-053-075-091-105-113-147-183-210300-
    /O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0275.160620T2000Z-160621T0300Z/
    

Updated: severe thunderstorm warnings, watch issued for southern counties

New 3:37 p.m. Tuesday:

From the National Weather Service:

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LINCOLN HAS ISSUED A
    
    * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
      SOUTHERN COLES COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS...
      CUMBERLAND COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS...

Top of the morning, June 13, 2016

Really hot days like these take me back to the mostly idyllic days of my youth. The air had a summer smell to it, a sound even — with crickets and mourning doves and cardinals and robins chattering — and we had months ahead with no school.

From time to time, as the mercury would climb — in my memory, it was mostly on Sunday afternoons — Dad would tell us five magic words:

Heating up

The last time C-U thermometers hit 97 in June, Obama-Romney was the race making headlines. For the first time since 2012, that's how hot meteorologists predict it will get Saturday — sandwiched between days of 93. Here's more on the sweltering stretch ahead:

Severe thunderstorm warnings

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for part of East Central Illinois.

Central DeWitt and Northern Piatt are under the advisory until 8:15 a.m, while Southwestern Champaign, Northwestern Douglas, Northeastern Macon and Southern Piatt counties are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 8:30 a.m.