There is a battle going on between very cold air to the north and the warmer air to the south. Heading into the weekend, the warmer air will win that battle.
Wednesday was not as cold as recent days, but it still felt brisk at times despite a lot of sunshine.
A few more clouds will drift in for today and Friday, but both days should stay dry.
As the warmer air starts to win out, there could be a couple of rain showers around on Saturday. Even so, much of the day will be dry.
For those heading to Soldier Field to watch the Bears play Sunday afternoon, it will be an unusually mild December game. Temperatures at kickoff will be around 57 degrees under partial sunshine.
Afternoon temperatures will rise into the 50s over the weekend, even nearing 60 degrees by Monday.
What may be more significant, though, is the overnight low temperatures.
Some overnight temperatures may not drop much below 50 degrees. That is quite remarkable considering that the average low temperature for early December in Chicago is in the middle 20s.
Another visit from the Polar Vortex will deliver unseasonably cool air to the Midwest, preceded by rounds of thunderstorms, including severe weather.
Welcome dry weather for cleanup efforts across Japan in the wake of Neoguri will be brief.
As the Northeast continues to clean up from destructive storms early this week, more rounds of severe weather and flash flooding loom for early next week.
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Heat-related dangers will be on the rise over the weekend for much of the Northwest as scorching heat settles in.
Tropical Storm 9W in the Western Pacific is strengthening and aiming for the Philippines mid-week.
Richmond, VA (1975)
3.01" of rain fell in evening thunderstorms. This was the second day of 9 straight days in which measurable rain fell. Nearly 8 inches of rain fell in this period. Rainfall in July, 1975 totalled 12.29 inches.
Gulf of Mexico (1979)
Hurricane Bob, 140 miles SSW of New Orleans moved ashore at Grand Isle, LA; New Orleans had 70-mph gusts, trees and power lines went down. Gulfport, MS had 6 inches of rain in 24 hours. Four tornadoes, 2 in SE Louisiana, 1 in Florida and 1 in SE Alabama. A total of 2.16 inches of rain in Baton Rouge, LA in 6 hours.
Medina, TX (1988)
Close to 13 inches of rain; flash flooding killed 2 people.