Some 60s This Week But Watch For Wind Off The Lake
I've never been so excited for average temperatures! Some sunshine and a gusty southwest wind will push our highs into the lower 60s today right up to an through the lakefront. So far the month of April has been just .3° above average. If that should stand for the month it would represent the smallest departure above average for a month since November last year.
The 60s today come with a price. There will be an elevated fire danger risk this afternoon with gusty winds and dry conditions. Winds will gust over 30 mph much of the afternoon and overnight. A cold front will push through overnight and set us up for a cooler Tuesday with highs nearly 10° below average. The best chance for showers will be between 9 this evening and midnight. Might hear a rumble of thunder south of the city too.
Looking long range for some more consistent warmer weather doesn't offer much hope. This could change but the latest 6-10 and 8-14 day temperature probability outlook has the Chicago area favored for below average temperatures overall through the start of May.
Long Range Temperature Probability Outlook
5 out of the next 7 days will include a wind off the lake. The water temperatures in the southern part of Lake Michigan are in the lower 40s so any wind off the lake will make it markedly cooler at the lakefront.
Here is my 7 day forecast:
Today: Sunny start then partly cloudy, shower possible late, breezy High: 63
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, cooler & breezy Low: 38 High: 51
Wednesday: Partly/mostly cloudy, pm sct. showers Low: 39 High: 65 (561 Lakefront)
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, spotty showers Low: 48 High: 60 (54 Lakefront)
Friday: Mostly cloudy, pm sct. showers Low: 44 High: 61 (51 Lakefront)
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, on & off sct. showers Low: 45 High: 54 (48 Lakefront)
Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy Low: 38 High: 53 (47 Lakefront)