Saturday Hi 68, partly cloudy to mostly sunny, winds NNW to W to NW to N, 10 to 8 to 13 MPH, G16 to 14 to 18 MPH into Saturday

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Weather forecast for Friday, May 19, 2023.
Weather forecast for Friday, May 19, 2023.

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Saturday and Saturday Evening …

No Weather Hazards …

Sunny, with a high near 68.


sunny skies today will once again be filtered by the plume of wildfire smoke moving overhead that originates from a plethora of wildfires occurring across parts of Canada. In fact, actually knocked highs back a couple of degrees for today with the smoke sure to shield some of our solar radiation. However, with the pre-frontal warm advection, we`re still looking at middle to upper 70s this afternoon. The southeasterly flow will keep locales west of the lake in the 60s today.



Forecast Beginning Saturday, May 20, 2023

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 68.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 76.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 49.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 69.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 77.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 81.

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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville, IL
626 AM CDT Fri May 19 2023

.SHORT TERM… Issued at 217 AM CDT Fri May 19 2023

Through Saturday…

A recent hand surface analysis places a baggy trough axis along a weak cold front stretching from central Wisconsin to far northwestern Illinois and into the Southern Plains. Low- to mid- level moisture ahead of the front is fairly scant with surface dew points only in the low to mid 50s and mean 700-300mb relative humidity values of only around 30-40% (re: 00Z DVN RAOB). As the front drifts eastward slowly this morning, so should the ongoing scattered showers from eastern Iowa into northern Illinois while gradually decreasing in intensity and coverage given the aforementioned antecedent dry airmass in place. However, the temporal intersection of the approaching upper-level shortwave and afternoon “daytime” heating should support an increase in shower coverage this afternoon primarily near and east of I-55. In fact, shallow low-level moisture advection ahead of the front may provide just enough low-level instability to support a thunderstorm or two as equilibrium levels nose toward -20C. In spite of appreciable deep-layer shear afforded by a 50kt 500mb jet along the periphery of the upper-level shortwave, the low- centroid and marginal character of instability suggests thunderstorm intensity should be rather weak (by the standards of May, at least) with threats for only locally gusty winds and occasional lightning strikes. Such threats appear greatest after 12 PM (and again, near and east of I-55).

Behind the cold front, breezy northwest winds will settle into the region with partially clearing skies. Experimental RAP-SMOKE output continues to advertise downward mixing of Canadian wildfire smoke toward the ground right behind the front from mid-morning to early afternoon, which seems plausible given upstream observations of visibility ranging from 7 to 9 miles. It`s tough to say whether the smoke will really be noticeable at the ground as the simulated total vertically integrated plume appears to lessen in concentration into northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana. Regardless, any remaining smoke should clear out tonight as a surface high pressure system builds into the area and crashes mixing heights and associated surface winds. Ideal radiational cooling conditions will allow for overnight lows to drop into the mid to upper 40s.

Saturday looks quiet with a surface high overhead leading to light winds and sunny skies (e.g. no smoke). Highs will climb into the upper 60s to lower 70s with locally cooler conditions along the Lake Michigan shore.

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