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WEATHER ALERT: Severe storms expected late this afternoon and evening

‘Oppressive heat and humidity’ continues through Wednesday PM

Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello

URBANA – The National Weather Service says heat indices in Central Illinois will hover around 105-110 degrees Monday through Wednesday of this week.

The NWS office in Lincoln placed Champaign, De Witt, Piatt, Sangamon, Vermilion, and many other central, east-central, and southern Illinois counties under a Heat Advisory, starting Monday at noon until Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. 

Meteorologists are forecasting heat index values of 105 to 110 degrees each afternoon. At night, the heat index will only fall to the upper 70s or lower 80s. 

You’re advised to stay hydrated with water, stay out of the sun, and in air-conditioned rooms and never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles.

Meteorologist Chuck Schaffer of the National Weather Service Lincoln office says the rise in temperatures is part of a nationwide heat wave.

“There’s a very strong ridge of high pressure tracking east and moving across our part of the Midwest right now,” said Schaffer. “So that’s where the heat came from. And it will be persistent for a few days.”

According to the Associated Press: Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver and California’s Death Valley have all posted record temperatures as dangerous heat sweeps over the American Southwest. The National Weather Service in Phoenix reported a temperature of 114 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, tying the record high for the date set back in 1918. Las Vegas tied a record for the day set in 1956, with temperatures soaring to 109 F. In Colorado, Denver hit 100 F (38 C), tying a record set in 2013 for both the high temperature and the earliest calendar day to reach 100 F. Excessive heat warnings and heat advisories were also issued for parts of Northern California through the Central Valley and down to the southeastern deserts. 


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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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