Above average temps possible soon, weather service says

The National Weather Service said we could see higher than normal temparatures over the next few months.

First frost? Don't hold your breath

CHAMPAIGN — The median date of the first 32-degree freeze in Champaign-Urbana is Oct. 17, but there isn't even an inkling in the forecast of weather that cold.

The coldest night of the upcoming week is forecast for Thursday, when the low will be in the low 40s, according to the National Weather Service.

Early numbers show hot, dry September in Illinois

It's been a warm and dry September in Champaign-Urbana and throughout Illinois, and the preliminary numbers back that up.

Drought conditions expand in Illinois

Drought conditions are expanding across more parts of Illinois.

State Climatologist Jim Angel said the latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows that conditions are worsening, with a moderate to severe drought in much of Western and Central Illinois.

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Expect cooler than normal August, state climatologist says

The state climatologist said it's shaping up to be a cooler than normal August.

Jim Angel said in the first week of the month, the statewide average temperature was 72 degrees, which is 1.5 degrees below normal.  This follows a July where Angel said the state was two degrees below average.

Heat advisory in effect for Ford and Iroquois counties

A heat advisory is in effect for Ford and Iroquois Counties until Friday night.

The National Weather Service said with the heat index factored in, it could feel as hot as 105 degrees on Thursday and 108 degrees on Friday.

So be sure to drink plenty of water, spend time in a cool indoor area and check on pets and the elderly.

Record wet conditions in Midwest so far this year

The first half of 2013 has had a record wet start throughout the Midwest.

The Illinois State Water Survey reported that regional precipitation totals rank as the wettest January to June period on record since they started keeping track in 1895.

Douglas County named StormReady by National Weather Service

An East Central Illinois county is being recognized on Wednesday for how well it's prepared to handle severe weather.

The National Weather Service Central Illinois Forecast Office in Lincoln will declare Douglas County as "StormReady" for it's disaster preparedness plans.

Hot weather expected this week

The National Weather Service is urging people to take the necessary precautions this week to stay safe with the expected hot temperatures.

Afternoon high temperatures are expected to climb into the upper 80's to lower 90's Tuesday afternoon with heat index values around 100.