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7-Day Forecast: Quincy

Monday
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  • 66°

Sunny

Tuesday
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  • 65°

Considerable cloudiness

Wednesday
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  • 66°

Mostly cloudy

Thursday
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  • 64°

Partly cloudy

Friday
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Thunderstorms developing in the afternoon

Saturday
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  • 66°

Clouds giving way to sun

Sunday
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  • 83°
  • 66°

More clouds than sun

Currently in Quincy as of

  • 72°(Feels like 72°)
  • Scattered Clouds
  • Wind: NW @ 6 mph
  • Barometer: 29.96 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:05:51 am
  • Sunset: 08:17:27 pm
  • Humidity: 81
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Macomb

Monday
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  • 80°
  • 59°

Mostly clear

Tuesday
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  • 83°
  • 62°

Mix of sun and clouds

Wednesday
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  • 79°
  • 64°

Thunderstorms developing in the afternoon

Thursday
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  • 83°
  • 63°

Times of sun and clouds

Friday
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  • 81°
  • 61°

Mix of sun and clouds

Saturday
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  • 82°
  • 62°

Clouds giving way to sun

Sunday
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  • 82°
  • 64°

A few clouds

Currently in Macomb as of

  • 65°(Feels like 65°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: NW @ 3 mph
  • Barometer: 29.98 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:01:28 am
  • Sunset: 08:15:45 pm
  • Humidity: 92
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Pittsfield

Monday
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  • 85°
  • 64°

Partly cloudy

Tuesday
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  • 84°
  • 67°

Times of sun and clouds

Wednesday
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  • 84°
  • 67°

A few thunderstorms possible

Thursday
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  • 84°
  • 66°

Partly cloudy

Friday
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  • 82°
  • 65°

Partly cloudy

Saturday
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  • 83°
  • 66°

A few thunderstorms possible

Sunday
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  • 84°
  • 68°

Plenty of sun

Currently in Pittsfield as of

  • 75°(Feels like 75°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: WNW @ 3 mph
  • Barometer: 29.96 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:04:04 am
  • Sunset: 08:14:14 pm
  • Humidity: 71
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Hannibal

Monday
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  • 84°
  • 64°

Partly cloudy

Tuesday
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  • 84°
  • 68°

Considerable cloudiness

Wednesday
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  • 83°
  • 67°

Showers and thunderstorms

Thursday
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  • 86°
  • 66°

Clouds giving way to sun

Friday
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  • 83°
  • 66°

Times of sun and clouds

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 84°
  • 66°

Scattered thunderstorms

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 85°
  • 68°

Times of sun and clouds

Currently in Hannibal as of

  • 72°(Feels like 72°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.96 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:06:35 am
  • Sunset: 08:17:07 pm
  • Humidity: 78
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

Regional Conditions

Quincy
72°
Macomb
65°
Pittsfield
75°
Hannibal
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