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Oppressive heat/humidity to ride strong SSW winds into Chicago once a.m. t-storms exit; strong winds provide no cooling when temps are in 90s; city’s nighttime heat retention means low temps stay in 80s next 2 nights; relief due Monday
Posted 11:46 PM, July 17, 2019, by
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The last 7 days of meteorological summer begin today
Lowest barometric pressures in Chicago
Rain likely Monday, cooler than average this week
Beach Hazards/dangerous swimming conditions along the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline until Monday evening
Excessive Heat Warning in effect into Saturday
Cooler temps settle in over Chicago, temps in 80s through week
Wednesday could be hottest day of 2019 so far
“NW” winds aloft acting as heat/high humidity barrier; hottest 100° temps remain west & south in Plains/Rockies; active storms flare to Chicago’s west Wed. arriving in diminished form—if at all Wed. night; August keep generous sunshine coming—just like July
Summer Saturday: Warmest temps so far this year arrive in time for the weekend
Dangerous combo of heat and humidity on the way; Heat Watch issued
Weekend heat index could hit 100, thanks to temps. in the 90s and high humidity
Disturbance tugs temp-dropping “NNE” winds into city Wed., plus some mainly late-day/nighttime light rain; warm, humid tropical air and 80°+ weekend highs to fuel scattered t-storms; season’s first hot weather showing up on model forecasts the following weekend
Gusty “SW” winds help boost temps to more seasonable levels Friday; new weather system this weekend threatens another round of potentially thundery downpours, especially late Sat.
Heat builds into the 90s Sunday
Quiet, milder Tuesday weather yields to rainy spells and strengthening “NNE” winds Wed. p.m./night beneath north flank of intensifying downstate storm; temps here to take a hit—but warmer, more humid pattern due for the weekend; area’s first hot spell of 2019 late next week?
Severe weather possible this afternoon
Ask Tom Why
What were the temps from July 26-July 31, 1934 and was August nearly as warm?
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