Much cooler temperatures are in the offing for the Quad-City area for the weekend, and while sunny skies are predicted, high temperatures will be only in the 50s with overnight lows falling to the lower 30s.

The change will begin today as a front pushes through bringing a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, said meteorologist Tom Philip of the National Weather Service, Davenport.

“We’re not looking to get much rain out of this system, maybe a couple hundredths of an inch.”

With the scant rainfall, much of the Quad-City area will remain in a severe drought, sitting just south of the boundary of extreme drought, according to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor. Most of Iowa remains under extreme drought conditions, while there are portions in severe drought.

Most of Illinois is suffering moderate to severe drought conditions with portions of abnormally dry areas near Chicago, and extreme drought in the northern part of the state.

“The last time we had measurable rain in this area was September 21,” Philip said. “We had a whopping .01 of an inch. Prior to that, we had a trace of rain on September 19, which technically is not a measurable rainfall. On September 17, we got .25 of an inch.

In addition to the rain, it also will be breezy today, Philip said, with winds gusting between 15-25 mph. The high temperature is expected to reach the middle 60s.

A strong cold front pushes through during the evening and overnight hours that will hold high temperatures to the lower to middle 50s through Sunday, Philip said. There also is a freeze potential overnight Friday and Saturday.

The high temperature returns to the lower 60s on Monday.

Normal high temperatures this time of year are in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

“Given the strength of this system, it may be a while before we see 70 again,” Philip said.

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