Severe Storms to Threaten Chicago on Labor Day

By , Senior Meteorologist
September 1, 2014; 9:40 AM ET
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Chicago will become the target of severe thunderstorms as the Labor Day holiday weekend comes to an end, creating dangers for those with outdoor plans.

Severe thunderstorms will take aim at Chicago Monday afternoon as a cold front slices into the steamy air pouring across the Midwest.

The strongest thunderstorms will be capable of producing damaging winds, hail, frequent lightning and flooding downpours.

Any tornado touching down would be an isolated event, but it only takes one tornado to turn the holiday into a nightmare for a family and/or community.

Those attending picnics, parades, sporting events or any other holiday celebrations should have a weather radio handy or make sure cell phone notifications for storm-related watches and warnings are turned on.

Baseball fans headed to Wrigley Field Monday afternoon to watch the Cubs host the Milwaukee Brewers should be prepared to seek shelter.

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This advice is for anyone planning to spend time outdoors this Labor Day holiday weekend; even if warning has been issued but thunder is heard. You are then close enough to be struck by lightning.

Monday afternoon is not the only time when residents and visitors of Chicago will hear thunder and face weather disruptions. One or two showers and thunderstorms will precede the main severe weather event Monday morning.

Setting the stage for the severe weather will be the warm and humid air in place for this Labor Day holiday weekend.

Temperatures will rise into the lower 80s. Humidity will create even higher RealFeel® temperatures.

A break from the steamy air will come Tuesday and Wednesday in the wake of the severe weather. As quickly as humidity is reduced, it will return later in the week.


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