CHICAGO (CBS) — Were you getting sick and tired of having to slather yourself in suntan lotion, carry a water bottle with you everywhere, and run the air conditioner day while worrying that your electric bill would end up being about the equivalent of a year’s tuition at Harvard?

Well, if you step outside, you’ll be relieved. The temperature has been cut significantly this Thursday – although it’s still plenty summery.

CBS 2 Meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist says as of 11:20 a.m., there were a few light showers in the area. Meanwhile, drier, cooler air is moving in, and seasonable temperatures will be expected for several days.

It was a comfortable 75 degrees with northwest winds at 7 mph at O’Hare International Airport at 11:20 a.m. It was still 80 at the lakefront, but a cold front is moving in to change that too.

The clouds that dominated the skies during the midday hours will give way to clear skies late in the day, with temperatures holding steady in the 70s. The forecast high is 77.

And overnight, turn off the air conditioning and open the window, as the temperature drops to 65.

On Friday, temperatures top out in the lower 80s with low humidity and clear skies.

The high for Friday is 83, Saturday 81 with a 20 percent chance of overnight rain as a second front arrives, Sunday 84, Monday of next week a cool 73, Tuesday 75 and Wednesday 80.


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