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Warmest Weekend Of The Year So Far

Many of us will see 70s for highs Saturday and Sunday. While we have topped 80° once this spring we have not seen temperatures this warm fall on a weekend yet. The 70s will sweep right up through the lakefront Saturday but a breeze off the lake will keep it cooler lakeside on Sunday.

Today's highs will be seasonable with 60s but cooler lakeside with highs there failing to get out of the 50s. Average highs for early May are in the middle 60s.

70s surge northward on Saturday with even an 80° high possible south of the city. It is a welcome warm up after a cooler than average April. Last month was -.6° below average marking the first cooler than average month overall since November last year. The cool pattern that was prevalent through much of April is showing signs of returning again this month. More on that below.

There will be some sun at times both Saturday and Sunday to enjoy with those warmer temps. The blue depicted at the low, middle and high levels in the meteogram forecast for O'Hare below means some sunshine. There could be a spotty shower early or late Saturday and then south of the city early Sunday but most of the weekend should be rain free. Best chance for rain next week will fall on Tuesday and Friday.

Enjoy our weekend warm up because cooler weather could be coming back for the first half of May. Both the 6-10 day and 8-14 day temperature probability outlooks from the Climate Prediction Center have us outlooked for cooler than average temperatures overall from the middle of next week through the middle of May. It is the same pattern we have seen so frequently in April with warm weather out west and cooler weather for the eastern half of the country.

Here is my 7 day forecast:

Today: Sunny start then becoming mostly cloudy High: 65 (55 Lakefront)

Saturday: Partly to mostly cloudy, warmer, spotty shower? Low: 52 High: 75

Sunday: A.M. spotty shower?, partly to mostly sunny Low: 53 High: 70 (63 Lakeside)

Monday: Partly to mostly cloudy Low: 46 High: 59 (52 Lakefront)

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, scattered showers Low: 46 High: 57 (53 Lakefront)

Wednesday: Partly to mostly cloudy, sct. showers Low: 45 High: 56 (51 Lakefront)

Thursday: Partly to mostly sunny Low: 42 High: 62 (55 Lakefront)


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