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Near-record heat, severe storms possible in Chicago area in coming days – NBC Chicago

Although Sunday will be a calm day in the Chicago area, this week will bring the chance of near-record heat and also the threat of severe weather.

According to the NBC 5 Storm Team, Sunday will likely be cooler across the region, with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s. Values ​​will be much cooler near Lake Michigan, with highs struggling to reach 70 degrees near the water.

According to forecast models, a few chances of isolated showers will be possible south of Interstate 80 as a frontal boundary is located just south of the Kankakee River Valley.

Winds will shift out of the southwest toward Monday, setting the stage for a series of warm, humid and potentially stormy weather events in the coming days. High temperatures will reach the mid-80s on Monday, with heat indexes threatening to eclipse 90 degrees.

According to the Storm Prediction Center, most of the Chicago area will also be at marginal risk of severe weather on Monday, with gusty winds and heavy rain the most likely threats from these storms.

On Tuesday, temperatures will be in the 80s again, and while that remains unlikely, the record temperature for Tuesday’s date is 92 degrees, meaning the city could at least threaten that mark.

A higher risk of severe weather is forecast by the Storm Prediction Center, with most of the area at a “slight risk” of severe storms. In fact, parts of DeKalb and LaSalle counties are at “increased” risk for severe weather, although the worst storms are expected to impact areas of western Illinois.

The timing of a cold front’s arrival will help influence storm development, according to the NBC 5 Storm Team. A late arrival would place the system in the area around midnight Tuesday and Wednesday morning, which would not favor the development of strong storms. An earlier arrival could trigger these severe storms, with gusty winds, hail and heavy rain the main threats.

After a chance of showers early Wednesday in association with this storm system, temperatures will return to typical seasonal levels for several days, with highs in the mid-70s across the region.

In fact, these temperatures will likely persist for a while, with several chances of rain over Memorial Day weekend.

NBC Chicago

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