Chicago to reach 80 degrees Tuesday; thunderstorms to follow

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It’s been a cool spring to date, but a sharp warm-up will boost temperatures into the mid-70s on Monday and the low and mid-80s on Tuesday, bringing the city its warmest weather since a summery 86-degree high September 12.

The warmth will be fleeting as a cold front approaching from the west brings an increase in cloudiness, along with some showers and thunderstorms that will temper readings a bit Wednesday.

By Thursday, a slow-moving storm system takes up residence over the southern Midwest, initiating a period of cooler and rainy weather that will extend into the weekend.

With rain expected for several days, the potential exists for some heavy rainfall totals, not good news for an area still recovering from major flooding in the wake of the city’s wettest April on record.

This post originally appeared on our Chicago Weather Center blog.


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