The weather here in Southern Illinois is more stable and mild than the majority of Illinois which makes the Shawnee Forest, the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, and other major tourist attractions in this region the perfect vacation from the harsh winters found in Central and Northern Illinois.
Southern Illinois Climate and Weather
With temperatures averaging around 10 degrees warmer than those found in Chicago, the more mild climate of Southern Illinois gets only about 11 inches of snowfall annually compared to the 36 to 48 inches you will likely find near Chicago. The Northern Subtropical Jetstream keeps Southern Illinois ripe for tourism in a climate that more closely mimics our Southern neighbors’ humid subtropical climate than the humid continental climate found in other areas of Illinois.
5 Day Forecast
Thursday 03/22 0%
Sunny to partly cloudy. High near 55F. Winds light and variable.
Friday 03/23 60%
Cloudy with occasional rain in the afternoon. High near 50F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Saturday 03/24 80%
Thunderstorms. High near 60F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Sunday 03/25 10%
Considerable cloudiness. High 53F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday 03/26 60%
Chance of Rain
Overcast with rain showers at times. High 58F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
If you’re looking for a vacation away from the frigid cold, or if you would like to enjoy a cooler summertime excursion, Southern Illinois has the perfect climate and attractions to suit any tourist outing. Spend your weekend exploring the great outdoors in our numerous State and National protected areas. Then, enjoy the relaxation of a cool breeze and live music at one of the wonderful stops on the Wine Trail. Finish with a warm campfire at a cozy cabin or a night in one of their hot tubs. Come visit Southern Illinois and get a taste of Midwestern charm with warm southern temperatures.