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UPDATED 07/26/12 12:10 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — More storms may be coming in the afternoon and evening Tursday, after Chicagoans on the early shift had the pleasure of waking up to pouring rain and thunderclaps in the early morning.
Many areas only saw moderate rain starting around 4 a.m. But CBS 2 Meteorologist Ed Curran says some of the storms riding northeast along a cold front were severe.
One of the storms even brought 70 mph winds to the area around O’Hare International Airport, prompting a high wind warning.
By 6 a.m., the storms had moved on across the lake to Michigan. But more storms are expected to come later in the morning.
A cold front was still bringing scattered showers during the 11 a.m. hour.
Storms could also come in the afternoon and evening, some of which could hit the severe level.
But the good news as a result of all this – in addition to the much-needed rain – is that the 100-plus degree temperatures much of the Chicago area saw on Wednesday are now history.
The temperatures will top out in the seasonal range, at 87 degrees. The temperature could top out even cooler if more cloud cover hangs around.
On Wednesday, the official high at O’Hare topped out at 99 degrees, but much of the area – including most of Chicago proper – saw 100 or more.
The highs for the week to come are all seasonable and comfortable. The high for Friday is 85, Saturday 84, Sunday 87, Monday 88, Tuesday 87 again and Wednesday 86. More storms are in the forecast for Monday of next week.
And this might seem like an autumn chill given the sweltering summer we’ve been through – the forecast low for Friday night is 68 degrees.