Warm Temperatures to Give Way to Potential for Severe Weather Saturday

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2019-05-18 20:37:36

After a chilly Friday, temperatures are going to rapidly warm across the Chicago-area on Saturday, but that sunshine and summer-like warmth will come at a serious cost as severe weather is possible in the region.

A cold front moved through the area on Friday, bringing some rain and thunderstorms to go along with chilly temperatures and high winds. That front is now out of the region, and warm temperatures are building in behind it, boosting highs into the low-to-mid 80s in the Chicago-area.

Unfortunately for residents, the sunshine and warmth won’t last for long. In the mid-afternoon hours, a chance for isolated thunderstorms creeps into the forecast, and as the day wears on that threat will only increase as Chicago buckles down for the first of several waves of rain and thunderstorms.

Severe weather is possible throughout the evening and into the overnight hours on Saturday, with damaging winds and large hail possible with the thunderstorms. The storms will come in several waves through that time, with potentially heavy downpours also possible along with hail and high winds.

Moving into Sunday, temperatures will remain warm and humidity will remain high as the chance for thunderstorms persists. That possibility will linger into the early afternoon when a cold front, currently pushing slowly across the Great Plains, finally moves through the area, bringing calmer weather and cooler temperatures to the region.

Temperatures will once again drop below average on Monday, with highs expected to land around 60 degrees in Chicago.

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