Central Illinois remains locked in the grip of a heat wave that will push holiday temperatures into the triple digits... and the first real relief from the swletering conditions may be a week away.
An Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect through at least Saturday evening. High temperatures for the Fourth of July and several days afterward are expected to be at or above 100 degrees, with heat index reading closer to 110.
The extended forecast calls for high temperatures in the 90s all the way through Monday. The first sign of a break from the extreme heat comes next Tuesday, when the current forecast predicts a high in the mid-80s.