By Mary Kay Kleist

CHICAGO (CBS) — High winds gusting up to 35 mph will affect the Chicago area Tuesday afternoon through early evening.

A high pressure area is over the Great Lakes while low pressure continues to deepen over the plains. This creates a huge pressure gradient, meaning big winds between the two.

Locally this will bring a chilly easterly wind.

The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards statement because of the high winds. The water temperature is 55 degrees, and waves and wind will create dangerous swimming conditions with strong rip currents.

Expect a fast moving line of thunderstorms Tuesday evening starting after 11 p.m. in the far west suburbs and racing to the lakefront, but it should all be gone by 5 a.m. in Illinois and leaving Northwest Indiana in the 6 a.m. hour. The storms will move quickly through the area, keeping flooding to a minimum.


Tuesday night: Rain and thunder after 11 p.m., windy. Low of 50

Wednesday: Clearing skies, windy and warm, south winds gusting to 30 mph. High of 82

Thursday: Partly sunny. High of 80

Friday: 40% chance of thunder. High of 81

Saturday: 30% chance of thunder. High of 80

Sunday: 20% chance of showers. High of 71

Memorial Day: Partly cloudy. High of 72.

Mary Kay Kleist