Strong chance of storms in weekend forecast – NBC Chicago

Strong chance of storms in weekend forecast – NBC Chicago

Strong chance of storms in weekend forecast – NBC Chicago

More heat and humidity was expected for the Chicago area’s first full day of summer, with showers and thunderstorms in the weekend forecast, the NBC 5 Storm Team said.

“It’s the first full day of summer, which means the days are getting shorter now,” NBC 5 meteorologist Kevin Jeanes said.

“One second shorter,” added Jeanes, as of Friday.

Friday started out partly cloudy in the Chicago area with dense fog and mist in some areas near the lake. In northwestern Indiana, where year air quality alert standing still, Jeanes noted that visibility Friday morning was less than a tenth of a mile.

By afternoon, skies were expected to become sunnier and temperatures were expected to rise, Jeanes said.

High temperatures Friday were expected to be in the low to mid-90s, Jeanes said, although areas near the lake will remain cooler. Further inland, similar temperatures could approach 100 degrees, Jeanes added.

Friday evening, there was a slight chance of isolated showers or thunderstorms along the Illinois-Wisconsin state line, Jeanes said, near Boone and McHenry counties.

The chance of storms in the area increases Saturday evening, Jeanes added.

Saturday will also be warm and humid, Jeanes said, with temperatures in the 90s. Unlike Friday, areas near the lakeshore won’t see much relief on Saturday.

“It’s not much cooler by the lake,” Jeanes said of Saturday’s heat and humidity.

Strong to severe storms could move into the area Saturday night, Jeanes said.

Beginning around 5 p.m. Saturday, the entire Chicago area will be under a “marginal” risk of severe weather, which is a level one out of five on the Storm Prediction Center’s severe weather scale. Near Rockford and in northwestern Illinois, the chances of severe weather were even higher, Jeanes said.

The biggest threats with Saturday’s potential storms come in the form of damaging wind gusts and the possibility of hail and flooding, Jeanes said. Showers and thunderstorms were expected to continue until midnight.

Sunday was expected to be cooler and less humid, Jeanes said, with highs in the mid-80s.

After Saturday, the best chance for rain comes Tuesday, Jeanes said, as a cold front moves through.