A Severe Thunderstorm WATCH has been issued for Lee County in Iowa until 7pm this evening. A watch means that conditions are favorable for severe storms and that the radar is being watched closely. An area of strong to severe storms had developed in central Iowa toward. These storms are expected to spread across Iowa during the afternoon hours and will move east across the rest of Illinois and northeast Missouri through the evening hours. The primary threats will be damaging winds to 70 mph, torrential rainfall (which could lead to localized flash flooding) and I can't rule out some hail. Please stay weather alert today. You can download the FREE WGEM StormTrak Weather app to track the storms along with us and you can set it up to receive severe weather alerts.
I'm not expecting widespread severe storms, but a few of them could be on the strong side even further south than Lee County. The main threats would be gusty/strong winds and very heavy rain. The rain will come to an end later Thursday night.
While we will get to see some sunshine Thursday, it looks like we'll have a little bit more cloud cover later in the afternoon and evening, so it will become a partly sunny day. Highs won't be as hot as Wednesday, but still hot near 90. The humidity will make it feel hotter than that, with the heat index near 95.
Friday will start off with some cloud cover, but as the cold front continues to move east the clouds will clear out. So sunshine is expected. It will still be warm with highs in the upper 80s but it won't be as humid.