Hurricane Watch Florida Panhandle – near record high temps here

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As Hurricane Michael intensifies in the Gulf of Mexico and heads toward the Florida Panhandle Tuesday, Chicagoans will experience partly sunny skies and near record high temperatures in the middle 80s. Conditions will deteriorate both here and in Florida Wednesday. “Michael” is expected to make landfall around the Big Bend area of Florida later in the day as a Category 3 hurricane with forecast winds of 115 mph preceded by a life threatening storm surge.

Here in Chicago a strong cold front will move through our area later Wednesday afternoon from the northwest preceded by showers and possible flood-producing thunderstorm downpours. That same front will collide later with “Michael” over the Carolinas Thursday and carry that storm out to sea. Here in Chicago much colder air will follow the cold front with temperatures struggling to reach the 50 degree mark Thursday and Friday.

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