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Steamy With A Few Strong Storms Today

Turning up the heat and humidity a notch today. Highs will climb to near 90°. A breeze off the lake will keep it cooler lakeside with highs in the lower 80s. The higher heat and humidity could fuel a few stronger storms this afternoon.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed us in a "marginal risk" area for today. This means "an area of severe storms of either limited organization and longevity, or very low coverage and marginal intensity." This will not be the widespread, intense storm event like we saw on Monday. Any storms that form today will be widely scattered with the greatest threat coming from damaging winds and hail.

Our steamy Saturday with highs near 90° and dew points in the 60s will be followed by a somewhat cooler and more comfortable Sunday. Highs tomorrow will drop back into the lower to middle 80s with dew points falling back into the 50s.

Best chance of rain will come late today and early tonight with scattered storms. The GFS model suggests more rain possible Wednesday and Thursday too. It also hints at some storms late next Saturday as well.

The longer range forecasts continue to suggest a cooler pattern for the end of this month. The 6-10 day temperature probability forecast has the Chicago area outlooked for below average temperatures overall from the 20th through the 24th. The 8-14 day forecast has a portion of the area outlooked for below average temperatures overall and another portion of the area outlooked to be normal or near normal.

Here is my 7 day forecast:

Today: Sun & cloud mix, pm sct. showers/t-storms High: 89 (82 Lakefront)

Sunday: Mostly sunny, less humid Low: 69 High: 85 (78 Lakefront)

Monday: Mostly sunny Low: 66 High: 81 (77 Lakefront)

Tuesday: Mostly sunny Low: 61 High: 79

Wednesday: Mostly sunny Low: 62 High: 83 (77 Lakefront)

Thursday: Mostly sunny Low: 65 High: 84 (78 Lakefront)

Friday: Mostly sunny Low: 66 High: 85 (79 Lakefront)



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