Sunny and warm conditions are expected on Sunday, but a serious threat looms for July 4 – NBC Chicago
The Chicago area will experience a warm and sunny Sunday, but the threat of severe weather could loom in Monday’s holiday forecast.
According to the latest forecast models, all indications are that Sunday will see plenty of sunshine in the region, with temperatures climbing a bit higher than they did on Saturday.
Highs are expected to reach the upper 80s in most places, and could even exceed 90 degrees in a few select suburbs.
Dry weather is also forecast, but that’s about to change a bit as a heat dome over the central Great Plains could potentially send multiple waves of showers and thunderstorms to the region, including Monday night. .
Forecast models say clouds are expected to increase throughout the day on Monday, with highs reaching the low 90s zone.
By early to mid-afternoon, the threat of severe weather will begin to emerge, with all of northern Illinois at a “slight risk” of severe storms, according to the Storm Prediction Center.
The main threat from these storms could be gusty winds, according to NBC 5 Storm Team meteorologist Iisha Scott, but the storms could also bring hail and possibly even a lone tornado if they do pull through.
This chance of showers and thunderstorms will persist through the work week, with storm systems racing along the heat dome in the center of the country. Highs are expected to hit the 90s again on Tuesday, but could potentially trend a bit cooler as the week progresses.
By Friday, things could start to dry out, and high temperatures are currently expected to drop back into the low 80s by the end of the week.