Spring warmth to stick around for a while

Even though this spring has produced its share of warm days, in most instances the warmth has been fleeting and followed by days of subnormal chill.

Sunday’s official 69-degree high at O’Hare marked a 23 degree rebound from Friday’s unseasonably chilly 46-degree high and the mercury is expected to surge even higher into the lower 80s by Tuesday as brisk south winds propel a warm front north of the city.

A few showers could accompany the arrival of the warm air Monday night and early Tuesday and more thunderstorms are possible Tuesday night as a cold front passes through the area. Unlike previous cold fronts, seasonably mild air will follow this one keeping readings primarily in the 70s right into the Memorial Day weekend, though, in typical spring fashion, persistent east and northeast winds will keep readings cooler in areas near the lake.

Updates at Chicago Weather Center

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