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.
Urban flooding in Illinois is most common in older parts of towns and has been made worse by urbanization and changes in climate, according to a new state report.
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.
It will be a hot and humid start to the week, but a storm front will cool things down significantly Monday night, and temperatures should stay mild the rest of the week.
It will be a warm, sunny 4th of July for the Chicago area, with clear skies in the evening.
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Chicago’s Lake Michigan beach visitors are being told to stay out of the water.
Smoke from wildfires in northern Canada, have spread over a large portion of the Midwest, spreading as far south as Tennessee.
Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel said, as of June 29, the statewide average rainfall for June was 9.37 inches, more than double the monthly average of 4.2 inches for June.
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.
CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports farmers in Peotone are dealing with soggy crops.
The Chicago area doesn’t have to worry about severe weather on Monday, but there will be some showers, and perhaps a few scattered storms.
The Chicago area will warm up Sunday for the 46th annual Pride Parade after below normal temperatures on Saturday, but there is a possibility for rain in the afternoon hours.
Saturday will be partly sunny and cool for the Chicago area, with temperatures below normal, especially by Lake Michigan.
A powerful tornado ripped through southwest suburban Coal City on Monday, leaving massive path of destruction in its path. Residents have been picking up the pieces ever since, and on Friday they were getting much needed help.
It has been a tense 24 hours in tornado-ravaged Coal City, with residents bracing for another onslaught of rain Wednesday night and early Thursday. There were heavy downpours overnight, but not nearly as much as had been expected, allowing residents to breathe a small sigh of relief Thursday morning.
Hundreds of homes in far south suburban Kankakee have been inundated with water this month, and the Kankakee River was continuing to rise, after another round of rain overnight.
“The threat of very heavy rainfall and flash flooding has diminished,” the National Weather Service said in a statement around 4 a.m.
It’s a race against Mother Nature in Coal City as residents there try to clean up as much tornado damage as possible before severe weather rolls in once again.