Reporting Mary Kay Kleist
CHICAGO (CBS) — A pleasant afternoon with a temperate lake breeze is on tap for Tuesday, but the 90s will be back before the week is out.
CBS 2 Meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist says as of 11:20 a.m., it was 80 degrees at O’Hare and Midway international airports, 78 at the Chicago lakefront, and 77 at Waukegan.
Skies were sunny in the midday hours with a few scattered clouds, but anything that looks like rain on the radar is evaporating before hitting the ground.
The official high for the day is 85, but highs will actually range from 82 to 87, as a northwest wind of 10-15 mph blows over Lake Michigan and keeps temperatures cooler to the east.
But of course, the old adage, “cooler by the lake,” doesn’t mean jacket weather. The lake water itself is 74 degrees.
Overnight, the low drops to 64, and on Wednesday, the high reaches 85. As a low-pressure system moves east and brings in warm air, the high climbs to 88 on Thursday, 91 on Friday, and back to 89 on Saturday. There is a disturbance coming that could produce a shower or thunderstorm Friday night into Saturday, but the chance is only 20 percent.
The high for both Sunday and Monday is 90.
And in some good news for those partaking in outdoor activities, there is no rain in the forecast before that storm chance Friday into Saturday. But that’s not such good news for agriculture, fire safety or the environment in general.
The moderate drought continues, with rainfall for the year totaling 13.39 inches, 4.10 inches below the average of 17.49 inches.