More heat will return to Chicago into the holiday weekend. Along with the heat will come a risk of thunderstorms.
Intense heat gripped Chicago on Tuesday, as temperatures soared to 96 degrees, matching the highest recorded temperature in the city all summer and falling only one degree short of the record for that day.
A cool breeze kicked in off of Lake Michigan Wednesday, which allowed for more a more typical high in the lower 80s.
Despite the brief cooldown, summer temperatures are far from over for Chicagoland.
A light southeasterly breeze allowed temperatures to rebound to 89 degrees on Thursday.
During Friday temperatures will again soar into 90s. During Saturday and Sunday, highs will be well into the 80s.
Overall, however, the month of August has been very close to the average temperature of 72.5 degrees.
The hot and humid weather will also bring the chance of thunderstorms. In fact, there is a risk of locally severe thunderstorms later Friday into Friday night as a disturbance rolls along the northern rim of the dome of heat over the Central states.
Some communities could be hit with damaging wind gusts, flash flooding and large hail.
The potential for at least spotty thunderstorms will continue through Sunday evening.
By Labor Day, a push of cooler and less humid air will invade northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana. The Canadian air will also greatly diminish the chance of thunderstorms.
Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski contributed to the content of this story.
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