Two words for the weekend: Hot and humid

Prompting comments of “Ugh” from lovers of cool temperatures and “It’s about time” from those of an opposite persuasion, a much warmer and more humid weather regime has begun to establish itself across Chicago and the Midwest.

The city’s high temperature climbs into the lower 80s on Thursday and then, as the warmth gathers strength, into the upper 80s on Friday. Afternoon readings push to 90 degrees or higher from Saturday onward through the 7-day forecast cycle.

And, as is often the case with multi-day periods of high temperatures, Gulf air dripping with moisture will accompany this hot spell. That means warm, muggy nights and, in addition, a day-to-day chance for  mainly late-day thunderstorms.

And what a difference a year makes. Through the 19th, temperatures this June have averaged 8.0 degrees cooler than one year ago.

For more, log on to Chicago Weather Center.

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