CHICAGO (CBS) — The weather will be idyllic by most estimations for the rest of the day Friday, with the sun shining and the air having a September-like feel with highs just in the 70s along the lake.

That’s right, highs in the 70s. Amid frequent spells of sweltering, 95-plus degree heat, a day has finally arrived where the highs won’t even reach the level they hit back during that week in March around St. Patrick’s Day – which some may argue was the beginning of summer this year.

CBS 2 Meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist reports the clouds that hovered over the area Friday morning are gone for good, and the sun will be out through the afternoon. As of 11:20 a.m., it was 77 at O’Hare and Midway international airports, and just 74 at the lake.

The high for inland areas west of the city will top out at 83. But lakeside, the high will only be in the upper 70s.

But don’t get too used to it, because the heat will be back before you know it. After the overnight low drops to 68, the high on Saturday will top out at 88 degrees, and on Sunday at 92.

A cold front could theoretically bring rain, storms and cooler weather from the north, but Kleist says that front will try to push south and will never make it. And with the front unable to make it south of southern Ontario and northern Minnesota, the Chicago area will be swimming in heat and humidity from the South again.

The high on Monday climbs to 98 – that’s right 98. The high on Tuesday is 90, Wednesday 94, and Thursday 95.


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