The National Weather Service advises about the possibility of isolated severe storms today (Tues) - this afternoon through tonight. Meteorologists also advise about some very hot and humid conditions for Friday through the weekend.
Temperatures are likely to reach the low to mid 90s. The heat-index readings are expected to reach 106 to 110... that's how hot it feels when the heat with the humidity come into play.
Thunderstorms are expected across the area today and tonight, with severe storms and heavy rainfall amounts possible. The immediate are could see three-quarters of an inch.
Frequent cloud to ground lightning, strong damaging winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall could produce localized flooding.
Area residents will need to take precautions due to the extreme heat on Friday through Sunday. On Sunday there is a 50-percent chance of more showers and thunderstorms.
The 2018 Miss Ford County Fair Queen Pageant is this evening (Monday). The event is set for 7 pm in the dance building at the Melvin fairgrounds.
Contestants include Katelyn Crabb of Paxton, Kaiti Zbinden of Gibson City, Autumn Flessner of Loda, Leslie Lawson of Ludlow, Deanna Diesburg of Paxton, Kaitlyn Harders of Melvin and Mercedes Wise of Loda.
The reigning Miss Ford County Queen is Kelsey Vaughn of Paxton.
Vermilion County Republican state Representative Chad Hays isn't waiting until next January to get out of his job in the General Assembly. Hays announced that he would resign in September after getting a new job. The lawmaker was one of the Republicans to vote in favor of last summer's tax increases.
ANDERSSON BACK IN ---
Meanwhile, another retiring lawmaker is changing his mind. State Rep. Steve Andersson has put his hat in the ring to replace the retiring state senator in his area. Andersson not only voted in favor of last July's tax hikes but convinced many other Republicans to join Democrats in overriding Gov. Rauner's veto of the bills.