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Stuck In The 60s But Warming Up Next Week

Today's highs will be nearly 10° below average. It will be the third straight day with highs in the 60s. This is the coolest stretch of weather we have seen in nearly four months. Highs today will settle in the middle 60s with upper 60s tomorrow. 70s are back though this weekend and next week will be warmer.

All the models suggest milder weather next week. Next week will see plenty of 70s and maybe a few 80s. The temperature trend is definitely upwards.

The cool wind coming off of Lake Michigan will continue to create problems along its shoreline. A Beach Hazards Statement continues along both Illinois' and Indiana's lakefront through 7 AM Friday. Brisk winds will whip up waves to 7 feet and generate strong rip currents.

The National Weather Service suggests we should stay out of the water:

Remain out of the water to avoid dangerous swimming conditions and do not venture out onto piers, jetties, breakwalls, or other shoreline structures. The large waves can sweep onlookers into the lake.

An additional .56" of rain fell at O'Hare yesterday to bring September's total to 2.27" for the month so far. That is actually 1.24" above average. The problem is we are coming out of an extended period of dry weather. Going back to July 1st we are still down just under 3 inches from normal. Still, a serious dent has been put into our drought. There will be some patchy drizzle today and maybe a spotty shower but the next good chance for something more significant will be later Saturday into Sunday. About a week ago I blogged about the drought deepening but recent rains have turned things around. I will have the latest on where we stand with the drought tomorrow.

Most of next week should be dry. After that the long rang models suggest a return to more normal conditions. Both the 6-10 day and 8-14 day precipitation probability forecasts have us outlooked for normal or near normal rainfall. This covers the period from September 15th through the 23rd.

The longer range temperature probability forecasts have us outlooked for normal or near normal temperatures overall from September 15th through the 23rd. Our average highs for this period fall from 75° to 72°. Next week should feature some fabulous fall weather.

Here is my 7 day forecast:

Beach hazards statement until 7 AM Friday

Today: Cloudy, cool & breezy, patchy drizzle early then spotty showers High: 64

Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy Low: 58 High: 69

Saturday: Partly to mostly cloudy, sct. showers & thunderstorms Low: 59 High: 75

Sunday: Partly to mostly sunny Low: 60 High: 76

Monday: Mostly sunny Low: 57 High: 73

Tuesday: Mostly sunny Low: 58 High: 78

Wednesday: Mostly sunny Low: 58 High: 80



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