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Chicago area weather forecast for Monday, May 10, 2010

It looks like we're going to see a very active week with off and on chances for showers and thunderstorms, some of which could bring some hefty amounts of rainfall.

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Monday should be a fairly quiet, but cool day with gradually increasing clouds.  Even with southeast winds picking up between 10-15 mph we'll still only look for highs in the low 60s Monday afternoon.

As the day progresses we'll have an eye on an upper-level shortwave that is forecast to lift northeast out of the plains and head toward northern Illinois.

By late in the day we'll have a slight chance for a spotty shower, but the chance for rain will increase greatly heading into the evening and overnight.  Scattered showers will become more likely as Monday evening progresses.  As a surface low moves over the region Monday night showers and storms will be likely with rainfall amounts that could total more than 1 inch in some locations.

We'll keep the good chance for rain in the forecast to start the day Tuesday with the  possibility of a few more showers or thunderstorms through the afternoon as gray skies hang around.  We should see highs Tuesday a couple degrees warmer than Monday, but we'll remain cooler than average.

Another shortwave is forecast to take a similar path Wednesday/Thursday as the one we'll see Monday/Tuesday.  Again the chance for showers and storms is expected to go up.

You can learn more about the forecast by viewing the slideshow.

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