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Turning Up Heat & Storm Threat After Today

Tuesday was only the 5th day of 23 so far this month below average. The high at O'Hare hit 78°. June is still running on the warm side. This month is just a bit more than 5° above average so far. Another cooler than average day today with 70s for highs then we turn up the heat with highs in the lower 90s by Friday.

The return of heat and humidity the next few days will be accompanied by an increasing threat of unsettled weather. The best chances of thunderstorms comes late Friday into Saturday and then Monday next week.

The Storm Prediction Center has us in a slight risk for severe weather for Friday and Friday night. There will be plenty of heat and humidity for the thunderstorms to tap into as highs Friday soar into the 90s. Damaging winds and large hail are the primary threats during that period.

Slight risk of severe weather is level 2 of 5 levels of risk categories. Scattered severe storms will be possible Friday.

According to the Storm Prediction Center slight risk means "an area of organized severe storms, which is not widespread in coverage with varying levels of intensity."

If you like it cooler then enjoy today. A consistent signal has been coming from the longer range forecasts indicating a return to a warmer pattern that will stick around for several days. Both the 6-10 and 8-14 day temperature probability forecasts have us outlooked for above average temperatures overall from June 23rd through July 7th.

Here is my 7 day forecast: Today: Partly/mostly sunny, pm sct. shwr/t-strm possible Low: 61 High: 79 (72 Lakefront) Thursday: Mostly sunny & warmer Low: 61 High: 82 (77 Lakefront) Friday: Partly cloudy, pm sct. showers/t-storms (some strong) Low: 65 High: 91

Saturday: Partly sunny, sct. showers/t-storms Low: 72 High: 87

Sunday: Partly to mostly sunny Low: 70 High: 86 (76 Lakefront)

Monday: Partly sunny, sct. showers/t-storms Low: 67 High: 86 (76 Lakefront)

Tuesday: AM shower/t-storm possible then partly cloudy Low: 68 High: 87 (77 Lakefront)



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