Forecast includes spring-like warmth, possible thunderstorms – NBC Chicago
It may only be February, but the Chicago area forecast for the next few days will feel more like April with temperatures in the 50s and a looming chance of thunderstorms.
According to the NBC 5 Storm Team, Thursday will be an “unseasonably warm” day, with the temperature rising to 57 degrees. The average high temperature for this time of year is about 33 degrees, and the average low temperature is 20 degrees, NBC 5 meteorologist Roman said.
As of 5:15 a.m., the temperature at O’Hare was already much warmer, at 49 degrees, Roman said.
While temperatures will be warm, most of the day will remain cloudy. Thursday afternoon will also see strong, gusty winds gusting up to 40 mph, with thunderstorms possible, Roman said.
According to Roman, the potential storm will come in two waves, with the first moving across counties to the west around 12 noon, with another set expected to follow around 3 p.m. and continuing into the evening hours.
“There is a low risk that we will see two strong storms with gusty winds between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.,” Roman said of the potential for severe weather.
An advisory from the National Weather Service warned that storms, primarily along and northwest I-55, could bring heavy rain, lightning strikes, damaging winds and hail.
Roman said the rain is expected to end before dawn, with most of Friday remaining dry. Roman said that temperatures on Friday will remain warm, with it expected to rise to 56 degrees, which is equivalent to the record temperature recorded in 1886.
According to the National Weather Service, some locations may reach 60, breaking the 138-year-old record.
Rain is expected to return late Friday, Roman said, as clouds moving in after midnight could create a fast-moving system.
However, by 7am on Saturday, the rain is expected to ease.
The NBC 5 Storm Team said temperatures will start to drop by Saturday, but those readings will still be above average, with highs in the upper 30s and low 40s.
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