August Starts Off Cool After Warm July
July is in the weather books. There wasn't one day during the entire month that was below average. Two days were right at average but 29 days were above average. It was the 4th warmest July on record coming in at 5.2° above average.
August will start off a bit below average and probably stay there through at least Thursday. Today's highs will in the upper 70s to near 80°. 83° is the average high this time of year.
Some scattered showers today but the best chances of rain over the next seven days will be later Sunday afternoon and overnight, Monday and then Friday next week and overnight next Saturday into early Sunday.
The 6-10 day temperature probability forecast has the Chicago area near normal from August 6th through the 10th. The 8-14 day forecast has us outlooked for above average temperatures overall from August 8th through the 14th.
The longer range forecast has consistently hinted at a cooler pattern for the middle of the month. The multi model ensemble forecast of temperature anomaly has a bullseye of cooler than average temperatures overall centered directly over the midwest for the week ending August 14th.
Here is my 7 day forecast:
Today: Partly to mostly cloudy, scattered showers High: 79
Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy, pm sct. shwrs/t-strms Low: 68 High: 80
Monday: Partly sunny, isolated shower/t-storm possible Low: 66 High: 75 (72 Lakefront)
Tuesday: Partly to mostly sunny, isolated shower/t-storm possible Low: 61 High: 75 (70 Lakefront)
Wednesday: Partly to mostly sunny Low: 58 High: 78
Thursday: Partly to mostly sunny Low: 59 High: 79
Friday: Partly cloudy, sct. showers/t-storms Low: 64 High: 83