CHICAGO (CBS) — The triple-digit heat wave is over at last, a breath of outdoor air no longer feels like a breath of Jello, and walking for miles outside is no longer misery-inducing experience.
But the area is still suffering from a lack of rain. The Chicago area is in a moderate drought, with only 13.39 inches of precipitation this year, down 3.98 inches from the average of 17.37.
On Monday, the Chicago area is expected to stay almost fully dry, with sunny intervals and a possible sprinkle in a few spots, CBS 2 Meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist says. A lake breeze will develop in the afternoon, but will only keep temperatures slightly cooler by the lake because the water temperature is an abnormally high 72.
As of 11:20 a.m., it was 86 degrees at O’Hare International Airport, with just 33 percent humidity. It was 81 at the lakefront, and 85 at Midway.
The high for the day is 87 degrees, followed by an overnight low of 65.
The dry pattern will continue for several days, as a ridge of high pressure approaches from the north. And while there are no 100-plus degree days on the horizon for the coming week, the 90s will be back next weekend.
The high for Tuesday is 85, Wednesday again 87, Thursday 88, Friday 90, Saturday 91, and Sunday 92.