Near-record warmth on the way to central Illinois


CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Much warmer air is heading for central Ill. after spending most of the last several days in the teens and 20s.

StormCenter17 Meteorologist Adam Del Rosso says temperatures are expected to climb back above average by Thursday with the warmest air in place for Friday. Highs Friday are expected to soar into the low 60s, just a few degrees shy of Decatur's record of 66, set back in 1930. The average high this time of year is 42 degrees. 

Del Rosso says strong southerly winds are the reason for the warm-up with gusts possibly reaching 40 miles per hour Thursday and Friday. Friday will not be the first time we have broken the 60-degree mark this month. On Feb. 2, high temperatures reached 61 degrees. 

Slightly cooler air is expected to return by the weekend; however, numbers will remain 10 to 15 degrees above average, with highs in the 50s. 

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