Chicago Weather: A Taste Of April Next Week

CBS 2 Meteorologist Tim McGill has your 10 p.m. RealTime Weather forecast for Saturday, March 6, 2021.

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- Back to your real time weather. Tim, we're going to be in the 60s for a few days, which is fantastic.

TIM MCGILL: Yeah, today wasn't bad. That was kind of cool, though, compared to those 60s that are coming. Today was about four or five degrees above average. By early next week, we're going to be about 10 to 20 degrees above average. 10 degrees or more above average tomorrow, so we're going to warm things up for the end of the weekend.

Highs into the 50s, it looks like, tomorrow. Lots of sunshine on Sunday. A taste of April, next week, with three days, at least, with highs in the 60s. But windy and wet by Wednesday, especially on Wednesday night into Thursday. You could see some showers and hear some rumbles of thunder, maybe a few thunderstorms coming towards the end of next week.

Here were the highs we saw today. Cooler along the lakefront with that breeze off the lake. 41, Waukegan, but as warm as 51 in Joliet and 50 in Kankakee. Most of us in between in the mid to upper 40s. Average highs around 42 or 43, so most of us above average.

Right now, we've cool down to the 20s and 30s. 27 in Waukegan, 29 in Aurora. A couple of the colder spots with 32 at O'Hare and 33 degrees in Midway. It's clear, and it's seasonably cold out there, right now.

Winds are kind of light, and they're going to stay light. It looks like, overnight, tonight, calm conditions for us with clear skies. That means temperatures will drop quite a bit overnight. We've got windchills pretty much matching the air temperatures, because the winds are so light.

It feels like the 20s in some of our colder spots right now. Real time clouds and radar, not much showing up. Big ridge of high pressure is parked over us. It's actually extending all the way up into southern Canada. It's going to keep us dry today, tonight, tomorrow, for the next couple of days.

The difference over the next couple of days is the center of it's going to shift to the East. So the winds start to come up more to the South, and eventually, the Southwest to warm things up. Today, the winds were off the lake out of the Northeast. So you notice that warm up in the forecast, especially as we get into early next week.

We'll keep things dry around here overnight tonight. This is our forecast in real time for satellite and radar tracking. We're going to keep it dry, tonight, with clear skies, sunshine at daybreak tomorrow. We'll see a bank of high and mid-level clouds probably come and dim the sun a little bit tomorrow afternoon.

But overall, plenty of sunshine for us during the day on Sunday. Here's the wind forecast. Light and variable winds overnight tonight. Kind of calm, and then, tomorrow, notice the wind shifting more to the South, Southeast. So we begin to warm up a little bit on Sunday. Then those winds shift to the Southwest, it looks like, towards Monday.

We warm up even more. That's when we see our first day with highs in the 60s. We could see three in a row. We're looking at lows, tonight, getting down to the low to mid 20s.

And our colder spots, North and West of the city. It's possible we could see a few upper teens while West and Northwest of the city. Tomorrow's high temperatures. Again, average highs about 42 or 43. Most of us in the low to mid 50s.

Cooler along the lakefront, especially North Shore, places, like Waukegan up towards Kenosha. You're probably looking for highs tomorrow in the low to mid 40s, but most of us should crack 50 degrees. So your forecast for tonight, clear, cold, and quiet, but seasonably cold.

Down around 25 degrees for the low tonight. Light East, Southeasterly breezes for tomorrow. Looking at some sunshine with some clouds increasing a bit during the afternoon, but we'll make it up to 53 degrees tomorrow with a breeze out of the South, Southeast, about 10 to 15. So plenty of sunshine.

Here's your seven day forecast, and does this look nice? Some of the warmest weather we've seen all year. 60s for three days in a row. 62 for us on Monday, mostly sunny. 64 on Tuesday, partly cloudy.

We'll throw in a few showers in here Wednesday. It won't be a washout on Wednesday, mainly, late in the day, and we could see some heavier rain in the form of thunderstorms overnight Wednesday into Thursday. We cool down for the end of the week. Highs in the 50s, Thursday and Friday, or actually, Thursday, and 40s for the weekend.

But this rainfall could add up. This is the early forecast. We have all the rainfall Wednesday through about Friday evening. You could be looking at as little as a half inch to the North, as much as several inches to the South. That's an early forecast. We'll keep an eye on that, but the good news is we've got three days with 60s coming before that rain hits, Dana.

- Can't wait, and it's rain, not snow.


- Thanks, Tim.