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60s Gone For Now. When Will They Return?

Here is my 7 day forecast taking us from Saturday through next Friday.

Saturday: Partly to mostly sunny, a bit breezy Low: 24 High: 40

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, chance of light rain/snow late Low: 27 High: 45

Monday: Partly to mostly sunny Low: 32 High: 53

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, light rain at times Low: 38 High: 54

Wednesday: Clouds early then clearing Low: 41 High: 58

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, chance of light rain early Low: 48 High: 59

Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy Low: 30 High: 48

The high of 64 yesterday at O'Hare tied as the second warmest day of the year so far. This weekend will be quite a bit cooler with highs Saturday struggling to get up to 40. A brisk wind off the lake will keep it in the 30s along the lakefront. The water temperature in Lake Michigan is in the middle 30s to lower 40s so any wind off the lake will bring a chill to the lakefront areas.

Lake Michigan Surface Water Temperatures

60s will be back but it is touch and go if we hit that mark next week. Upper 50s look fairly likely by then but the greatest chance of 60s returning might not be until next weekend. The image below is a forecast for temperatures on Sunday, March 29th.

The weather news gets better as we look long range in terms of temperatures. However, the longer range the forecast the more the accuracy falls off so take this with several grains of salt.

The 8 to 14 day outlook has the highest probabilities for seeing above average temperatures in the eastern half of the country. The greatest chance for steamy temps is in the southeast.

The loooooong range forecast for April through June has most of the country outlooked for above average temperatures overall through that three month period.

So cooling off this weekend (especially near the lake) but looking longer term things should hopefully warm up nicely.

Speaking of warm...

The warm winter we just made it through did a number on the ice cover in the Great Lakes. About 5.2% of the Great Lakes reporting ice cover currently compared to more than 7 times that much last year at this time (38.2%). That means beach weather is right around the corner:)


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