Skilling: Coldest July weekend in 3 decades

Temperatures will struggle to get out of the 60s Saturday and Sunday, in what may be the coldest July weekend since 1984.

A pool of cool air across a large swath of the Midwest sets the stage for a good deal of cloudiness here. Showers and thunderstorms are expected Friday afternoon as the cold front approaches. Rainfall is likely to impact up to 60 percent of the Chicago area.

The wet spell comes as July has grown dry. O’Hare’s rain tally of 1.29 inches amounts to just 45 percent of normal.

Saturday temperatures, which reached the upper 80s just a week ago, may not reach 70. A reading below 69 degrees would set a new record for the lowest maximum on the books for July 27. The previous record this date was set in 1981.

For the latest weather updates go to ChicagoWeatherCenter.com.

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