If you didn't have the opportunity to enjoy Tuesday’s sunshine and 90-degree temperatures, don't despair. Today will be just as sunny — and about 10 degrees cooler.
But while temperatures will remain in the 80s and upper 70s over the next several days, meteorologist Andy Ervin of the National Weather Service, Davenport, said to be prepared for more active weather over the next week or so.
The threat of thunderstorms moves in tonight, and hangs around through Tuesday, he said.
“It’s spring, and we’ll be dealing with typical thunderstorm potential, not the cool season rains we’ve been having where everyone gets an inch and a half,” Ervin said. “It’s May turning into June, so this is right on schedule.
“Anyone who gets hit by a thunderstorm could see an inch of rain, but if you get missed, you may get another day of planting in,” Ervin said of farmers scrambling to get spring crops into the ground.
He added that the system is too active to predict precisely where or when those storms will hit.
On Tuesday, the sunshine and warmth were too tempting for some people to ignore. The high temperature of 90 degrees missed breaking a six-year-old record by 3 degrees.
Debbie Healy, of Algonquin, Ill., lay in the sun near the trees at Davenport’s LeClaire Park for a couple of hours.
As a pharmaceutical representative, she is in town each Monday and Tuesday and stays at the Hotel Blackhawk.
The 90-degree high coupled with a clear blue sky beckoned her outdoors after she got her work done, Healy said. “I knew in the morning I was going to take break and enjoy the day while I could,” she said.
Healy wasn’t alone. LeClaire Park was full of people fishing from the Mississippi River shoreline while at the Davenport Dog Park, John Baldwin of Davenport walked his Sheltie named Yoda.
“It’s about time,” Baldwin said. “It’s an absolutely beautiful day. I like to spend as much time outside as I can.”