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Warmest October in a half century; big changes next week
Posted 11:44 PM, October 18, 2017, by
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One of the wettest April-May periods continues
Wednesday’s 61° high yields to chilly “NE” winds, sporadic rain and daytime 40s Thursday; big weekend changes—the warmest temps in 6 months over much of the area—24-degrees warmer than a week ago but cooler lakeside 50s Saturday
Spells of warmth increase next 2 weeks, but with interruptions; a jarring temp drop hits this evening with arrival of “NE” winds; 70s stage comeback Wed eve; chance for clusters of t-storms to grow in coming days—severe weather threatens mid-US Wed
Temps surge to 85-deg Saturday—Chicago’s warmest, most humid weather to date in 2019 & the warmest set of weekend highs since Sept; scattered t-storms to “bubble up” in Sat afternoon’s warmth; more numerous t-storms Sat.night/Sunday
Chicagoans treated Wednesday to 2019’s warmest weather yet —last day warmer: 85° Oct. 9; new storm lifting into eastern Midwest Friday placing Chicago beneath its windy, cool western flank-40 mph northerly gusts churn Lake Michigan
May’s open 23-degrees cooler than year ago with half the typical 70+ highs on the books to date in 2019; sun-filled weekend to bring temps 14-deg warmer than last—but with cool shoreline breezes; big rains next week signaling wet weather’s return
Wednesday’s wintry mix leads into 2 quieter weather days; intensifying weekend storm’s windy Saturday rains segue to powerhouse Sunday winds with snow showers in tow; late-season arctic blast due for Feb’s close late next week
Except for a few light Friday night showers, big rains have moved on; past week’s 5.07”: new record for April 27-May 2; modest weekend warming ahead, but with cooling lake breezes; wet weather’s back next week
Windy, wet late week storm’s rains raising new flood concerns; system’s “ENE” winds threaten sharp temp pullback; Tuesday’s sun/lighter wind speeds & Wed/Thu temp increase first are first on this week’s weather docket
Rain, warm, wind, snow? Chicago set for a wild weather ride
Year’s warmest weather likely this week, with temps. in the 60s
Passing showers Sunday, warmest day in nearly 6 months Monday
Unsettled week ahead; weather to turn colder by Friday
Summer Saturday: Warmest temps so far this year arrive in time for the weekend
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