By Robb Ellis

CHICAGO (CBS)– It’s going to be a hot day with near-record heat.

The high temperature Wednesday is expected to be around 98 degrees. The record high is 97 degrees.

Storms arrive for the end of the week and signal a cooler weekend.

Storms are possible late Thursday, but a better chance will move in Friday. Some storms may be severe.

Temperatures cool down this weekend with temperatures in the 80s.