While we are in the last few days of August, the weather is saying mid July. Hot and humid air was over the center of the nation Tuesday. As in seen in the graphic from the Chicago Tribune, it was darn right hot over parts of the Plains with highs of 100+. Des Moines set a new record high with a 99, and a 96 all the way up at Eau Claire Wisconsin. A weak cold front is sagging south over the Midwest today bringing some relief. The most noticeable drop in the temperatures will be near the Great Lakes with north or northeast winds blowing in from the cooler waters.
For the Chicago metro area, the front has moved through so a much cooler day after highs in the middle 90s and heat index values of 100+ on Tuesday. With the clouds and northeast winds today, Wednesday, highs will only be in the 70s lakeside to 80-85 inland. Unfortunately, no rain fell over the area and we continue "abnormally dry."
The weather for the upcoming holiday weekend will again turn hot and humid. Highs will be around 90 and dew points back up to around 70. There is the chance of some scattered hit/miss storms Friday night through Saturday. A very weak front is expected to linger over the area which "may" help set off a few storms. A much more pronounced cool off will move down from Canada for Labor Day with highs only in the 70s. There is also a better chance of storms Sunday night along a cold front that will bring in the cooler air.
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