After highs in the 70s Thursday afternoon, Chicago is in for a cool down throughout the weekend.
Friday afternoon will bring a high of only 50 degrees with scattered clouds, before dropping down to the high 30s at night.
Saturday may creep down into the high 40s with even more clouds. The nighttime will bring temperatures to the high 30s.
Both days will be breezy, so those spending time outdoors should consider a light jacket. Precipitation is unlikely.
Drenching and locally severe thunderstorms impacted portions of the mid-Atlantic on Thursday.
As July draws to a close, a storm system swinging up from the Deep South will bring downpours to the northeastern U.S. and break the back of an extended heat wave.
Rounds of showers and thunderstorms moving westward off the coast of Africa may pave the way for future tropical systems over the Atlantic Ocean in the weeks ahead.
Highs will run between 10 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit above average across much of the interior western United States into the upcoming weekend.
A budding tropical system threatens to bring flooding rain to the Philippines into this weekend with potential future impacts on China and Taiwan.
The heat felt across the United Kingdom during the middle of July has faded and is not expected to return through at least the first week of August.
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