Chicago Weather: Bouncing Back To The 60s On Monday

CBS 2 Meteorologist Tim McGill has a RealTime Weather forecast for Sunday, March 28, 2021.

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TIM MCGILL: Well, what a difference a day makes, especially this time of the year around here. Yesterday's highs in the 60s-- felt more like May than March. Today, only in the 40s most of the day. A couple of us topped out around 50 degrees, but quite a bit cooler. And gusty northwest winds didn't help either.

Bouncing back into the 60s again on Monday, so our roller coaster ride continues. We'll see a couple of days in the 60s before we fall again towards the middle of the week. Winds will lighten up, finally, later on tonight after some gusty winds today. Then they're gona strengthen again tomorrow, but they're turning to the south. So that's what's gonna warm us up into the 60s-- a dramatic drop in temperatures again by Wednesday. We fall back into the 40s.

Highs today, for most of us, got up to around 50 degrees, but much of the day was in the 40s-- 49 for the high in DeKalb, 50 in Aurora, 51 at O'Hare, 15 degrees cooler than yesterday, 52 at Midway and 52 degrees down in Kankakee-- had some gusty winds, too, that made it feel even colder, those winds gusting out of the northwest anywhere between around 32 and about 43 miles per hour through the day. So it was a windy end to the weekend for sure.

We had clouds mixed with sun today-- mainly sunny skies overall. There's a deck of high-level clouds kind of scooting across our far southern suburbs late today and thicker clouds up to the north as well. But we will see at least partly sunny skies, looks like, for the remainder of the day. A big area of low pressure moving from Ontario eastward and a trailing cold front with that touching off some showers and thunderstorms along the East Coast.

But low pressure to the north, high pressure building in from the south, and funneling a lot of air in between. If you trace the movement of the clouds, you get the idea of where the jet stream is flowing now out of the northwest, keeping us kind of chilly around here.

Gusty winds across much of the country-- about a dozen and a half states have some kind of High Wind Warning or High Wind Advisory in effect. Several states have Red Flag Warnings. That means some critical fire weather, it looks like, from portions of North Dakota all the way down to parts of Texas. So they're gonna have some very low relative humidity, very gusty winds, so they could see some wildfires out that way. We're gonna have to watch out for that. Tomorrow will have an elevated fire weather risk tomorrow with some gusty winds and pretty dry conditions around here as well.

So here's our real-time clouds and radar, and this is the forecast satellite and radar tracker. Clouds breaking up, it looks like, as we get into the evening hours. We'll clear out overnight tonight-- combination of clearer skies tonight and light winds means temperatures will really tumble pretty dramatically. It will fall back to about average, near 30. Then, tomorrow, a few scattered clouds in the morning, but otherwise mostly sunny skies for us on Monday. It's that combination of sunshine and the winds eventually turning to the south that'll warm things up for early next week.

Tonight, those winds die down around midnight out of the northwest, and they pick back up out of the south tomorrow afternoon-- pretty steady between 15 and 25 miles per hour, but gusting up around 30 to maybe 40 miles per hour during the afternoon hours and into the evening tomorrow.

Tonight's low temperatures-- as cold as the upper 20s in DeKalb and maybe Waukegan, most of us around 30 to 32, which is actually around average. But tomorrow we bounce back. We're gonna see high temperatures tomorrow get back into the low 60s-- 65 in Joliet, 64 degrees in McHenry, maybe 63 degrees at O'Hare.

So your forecast for tonight-- skies clearing out, winds dying down. It'll get down to about 32 degrees under clear skies tonight. For tomorrow, mostly sunny skies for us, a high of 63 degrees. That's about 12 degrees above average for most of us. And we'll stay in the 60s, it looks like, during the day on Tuesday as well.

Could see a shower late Tuesday into early Wednesday morning, and not out of the question there could be a couple of wet snowflakes even mixed in. It doesn't look like most of us will have to worry about that, but mainly dry during the day on Tuesday,

Wednesday, mainly dry, too, partly cloudy. We fall back into the 40s for highs Wednesday, maybe up to 40 on Thursday. This will be the coldest day of the week, and this will be about 12 degrees below average. We're back into the 50s on Friday with some sunshine and a warmer weekend next weekend. Both days should feature highs in the 60s. I'm meteorologist Tim McGill.