Windy, Dry High 84°F with Second Day of Red Flag Warning for Critical Fire Weather Conditions

Fire weather concerns are a repeat from Monday to Tuesday with another very warm, very dry and windy day expected today. A Red Flag Warning is in effect from May 1, 12:00 PM CDT until May 1, 07:00 PM CDT. Dew points overnight to this morning have been in the 30s compared to yesterday’s which were in the teens.

Wind gusts from the southwest are expected to start about 8:00 a.m. today and peak at 33 MPH from about 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Rain is not expected to move in until about 4:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Clear skies forecast this morning with clouds gradually increasing starting about 10:00 a.m.

Weather Radar (also nexrad.chgowx.com) shows OR Weather Radar (also nexrad.chgowx.com) in northeast Illinois is clear.


 O’HARE FORECAST … 

Today: Sunny, with a high near 85. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Wednesday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7am, then a slight chance of showers between 7am and 1pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday Night: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1am. Low around 62. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. West southwest wind around 10 mph.

Thursday Night: Showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1am. Low around 56. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 50.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.

Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers after 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.

Sunday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.







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Red Flag Warning
URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Chicago IL
356 AM CDT Tue May 1 2018

ILZ013-014-022-023-033-039-INZ001-002-010-011-019-011700-
/O.CON.KLOT.FW.W.0002.180501T1700Z-180502T0000Z/
DuPage-Cook-Will-Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford-Lake IN-Porter-Newton-
Jasper-Benton-
356 AM CDT Tue May 1 2018 /456 AM EDT Tue May 1 2018/

…RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON CDT /1 PM EDT/
TODAY TO 7 PM CDT /8 PM EDT/ THIS EVENING FOR CRITICAL FIRE
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR NORTHEAST ILLINOIS AND NORTHWEST
INDIANA…

* Affected Area…Lake IN, Porter, Newton, Jasper, DuPage, Cook,
Benton, Will, Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford.

* 20 Foot Winds…South 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

* Timing…This afternoon and early evening.

* Relative Humidity…As low as 20 to 25 percent.

* Impacts…The combination of strong winds, very low relative
humidity, exceptionally dry fuels, and warm temperatures will
promote extremely dangerous behavior of any fires. Any outdoor
burning is strongly discouraged Today.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now….or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds…low relative humidity…and warm temperatures can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.