Mostly Dry Weekend, Isolated Thunderstorms Possible July 4th

Are you prepared to have holiday festivities indoors?

While it will still be rather hot this weekend, there will be lake breezes along the North Shore providing some relief from the heat for a few days with the highest temperatures expected over the west and southwest suburbs. A frontal boundary will provide just a slight chance of showers/t-storms this weekend with the best chances to our south and away from the lake influence. Overall, the majority of the weekend will remain on the dry side.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with a 25 percent chance of isolated showers/t-storms from 4 p.m. to midnight.

      Rain Amounts late at night: 0.05 to 0.25 inches

      Low temp: 68 degrees Fahrenheit. 

      High temp: 89 degrees Fahrenheit.

      Wind: Southeast at 6-13 mph

Sunday: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of a few showers from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

      Rain Amounts: Trace to 0.10 in.

      Low temp: 70 degrees Fahrenheit. 

      High temp: 89 degrees Fahrenheit.

      Wind: West to northwest at 6-12 mph, becoming Northeast by 3 p.m.

Monday: Partly cloudy with mostly cloudy skies at night.

      Low temp: 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

      High temp: 86 degrees Fahrenheit. 

      Wind: Northeast at 10-15 mph

Your Week Ahead: June 29 to July 06, 2012

Temperature Trends: Temperatures will average above normal

Precipitation Trends: Precipitation will continue to average below normal. The ongoing drought will continue to intensify going into July.

The Week In Preview

Weekend Pattern- As high pressure system moves off to the east, a few t-storm clusters will move up and over the ridge with isolated storms possible for a time Saturday afternoon and evening and perhaps lingering into Sunday morning, mainly to our south. The best chance of rain will shift to the south through the majority of the weekend with slightly cooler temps expected near the lake with highs in the upper 80’s.

Early to Midweek Pattern- A few isolated showers/t-storms are possible on Tuesday and into the Fourth of July with the greatest chances across central and southern Illinois. We will be on the northern edge of this activity and will be hit and miss.

Late Week Pattern- The storm track will shift back to the north with a drier and hotter pattern developing once again.

Temperatures: Above average temperatures will continue with highs in the upper 80’s to low 90’s and lows mostly in the lower 70’s. Temperatures may warm up more significantly toward the end of the period with highs back into the mid 90’s with higher heat index values.

Severe Weather Outlook: Any t-storm that develops over the next few days could produce some hail and some downpours, however, the probability of widespread t-storm activity is low.




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