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    Chicago: Cooldown Underway, After Record Heat

    By By Anthony Sagliani, meteorologist
    September 15, 2013, 12:38:56 AM EDT

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    Extreme temperatures that hovered across the central Plains over the weekend surged into the Midwest Monday. That heat stayed on Tuesday, reaching 95 degrees and tying the 1983 record.

    The heat and humidity remained on Wednesday with temperatures hitting a high of 91 degrees but a strong cold front triggered some showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening hours.

    Much cooler air then arrived following the storms cooling temperatures for the remainder of the week.


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    Cool air moved over the warm waters of Lake Michigan on Thursday afternoon producing a thunderstorm that yielded a waterspout south of Milwaukee, Wis., near Kenosha, according to law enforcement reports.

    Clouds and showers accompanied temperatures in the low 80s on Thursday to kick-off the city's annual ten day World Music Festival. Since the festival's birth in 1999, the city has brought in more than 600 artists from countries around the world to come perform.

    Heading into the weekend, temperatures dropped even lower on Friday as the high hit 67 degrees. Clouds and sun with an afternoon shower dominated Friday's weather. RELATED:
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    To begin the weekend, Saturday will be sunny and pleasant for Lincoln Park's Cutest Pooch Dog Parade, with temperatures in the high 60s.

    Clouds will return on Sunday along with a thunderstorm in the afternoon for the last day of the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts. Temperatures will increase a bit, reaching 74 degrees.

    AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski contributed to the content of this story.

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