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Though the Chicago area could get some showers or storms in the evening on Monday, the rest of the week should be ideal summer weather, with warm and dry conditions, without being unbearably hot.
Warning of an “oppressive” combination of heat and humidity over the next two days, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Chicago area for much of Saturday.
If you’ve been longing for the dog days of summer, you’ll get your wish this weekend, as conditions will be hot and muggy through Sunday, as temperatures will soar much higher than we’ve seen in weeks.
Chicago might finally be getting ideal beach weather, but forecasters were warning people to stay out of Lake Michigan from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning, due to high waves expected along the lakefront.
A fast-moving line of storms that brought heavy rain and high winds to the Chicago area Monday morning was likely just the first taste of severe weather for northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana.
While high winds prompted extensive delays on several Metra train lines, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Chicago area and surrounding counties Monday morning.
Temperatures are getting back to what you’d expect for summer in Chicago, but this weekend could see some heavy late Saturday into Sunday.
A large storm system heading northeast from Missouri will mostly stay to the south of the Chicago area, but could bring steady heavy rainfall to suburbs and parts of northwest Indiana south of I-80, while only grazing areas north of that.
As if the unusually cool weather weren’t reason enough to avoid Lake Michigan on Tuesday, swimming was banned at several lakefront beaches, due to dangerous rip currents. Swimmers were being warned of high bacteria levels at a handful of other beaches.
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This month has been the wettest June on record in Illinois, according to the National Weather Service, and Desplaines Valley Mosquito Abatement DistrictBiologist Paul Geery said all the rain has created a bumper crop of floodwater mosquitos, which will be bad through the holiday weekend.
“The threat of very heavy rainfall and flash flooding has diminished,” the National Weather Service said in a statement around 4 a.m.
With several areas south and west of Chicago only starting the recovery process after nine tornadoes touched down during Monday night’s storms, more severe weather was expected to hit the area Wednesday night and early Thursday.
More bad weather on Wednesday could hamper recovery efforts in Coal City, which was hit by an EF-3 tornado Monday night. It was the most powerful tornado to hit the Chicago metropolitan area in nearly 25 years.
Survey teams with the National Weather Service have confirmed at least two tornados touched down Monday night, when powerful damaging storms swept through the western and southwestern suburbs.
National Weather Service crews were headed out Tuesday to try to confirm reports of up to six tornados touching down Monday in Grundy, LaSalle, Lee, and Will counties, including three already confirmed in Ottawa, Sublette, and Coal City.
The first full day of summer will be a steamy and stormy one for the Chicago area, with temperatures nearing 90 degrees, and an increasing risk of severe thunderstorms from midday through the evening.
The rain might have stopped falling hours ago, but most of the Chicago area remained under a flood warning Tuesday morning, with many streets still covered in water from a series of storms that dropped nearly 5 inches of water in some suburbs.
As heat and humidity build through the day on Monday, so will the chances for showers and thunderstorms.
Wednesday was expected be the hottest day of the year so far in Chicago, and storms that should move through in the afternoon could make things very steamy south of the city.