Reporting Mary Kay Kleist
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CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s Bermuda shorts and sunscreen weather, as the high hits a tropical 90 degrees Thursday and a roasting wind prompts an advisory.
But the near-extreme heat will only last one day – at least for now.
CBS 2 Meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist says as of 11:20 a.m., it was 82 degrees at O’Hare International Airport, and 80 at Midway and the lakefront.
The southeast wind that was blowing over Lake Michigan and keeping lakeside temperatures cooler has turned to blow in from due south. Thus, everyone is feeling the heat on Thursday.
The high for the day is 90 degrees, with warm winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusting up to 45 mph.
A wind advisory is in effect for northern Illinois for the afternoon and evening.
When the White Sox throw their first pitch against the Minnesota Twins at 7 p.m., the temperature will be down modestly to 84 degrees, but still with winds from the south from 20 to 30 mph. The sun sets at 8:14 p.m.
Overnight, the temperature drops to 63 degrees as rain-cooled air pushes southeast from Minnesota. A 30 percent chance of showers is expected after 10 p.m.
On Friday, temperatures cool down, with a high of 80 degrees.
But that won’t last either. On Friday night, another front could bring showers lasting into Saturday morning, and after that, heat and humidity will push north from the Gulf of Mexico as a warm front.
The high for Saturday is 87, Sunday 92, Monday 88, Tuesday 77, and Wednesday back down to 70.