Skilling: Finally, a spring day in April

It’s been too long coming. Temperatures this afternoon are to make a welcome move on 60 degrees after one of the coldest beginnings to an April in Chicago.

The month has run 9 degrees below normal in its opening three days.

Wednesday’s winds off Lake Michigan waters limited highs to 44 at O’Hare, 43 at Midway and just 39 degrees at the lakefront, each reading well off the 54-degree normal for the date.

A 60-degree Thursday would be only the second time this year that temperatures have reached beyond the 50s. By comparison, 23 such days had occurred by this date a year ago.

Saturday’s predicted 67 would be area warmest in 18 weeks. That’s when a gusty south to southwest flow is to take up residence for a day. We could see the warmest daytime reading since 70 back on Dec. 3, 18 weeks ago.

April’s chill has occurred despite plentiful sunshine.  The month’s opening three days have logged 91% of their possible sun — 52% is considered normal in April.

The stage is set for several days of rain — as much as 1-2 inches of rain may fall in the coming seven days.

A wave of rainfall is indicated Sunday night and Monday morning, possibly easing to lighter, sporadic sprinkles Monday afternoon in time for the Cubs home opener at Wrigley Field.

But the heaviest rains — with thunderstorms and raw, gusty winds — are predicted Tuesday and Wednesday.

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