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Weekend Spotlight: Chicago and Northern Illinois

Get out and enjoy the weather.

We say this here at WeatherNation because the weather across Chicago and northern Illinois will be very nice over the next two to three days. Temperatures will linger in the low 50s this weekend and, by Monday, temperatures will exceed 60 degrees, well above normal and close to record levels for this time of year. During early December temperatures are usually near 40 degrees. That means temperatures on Monday will be close to 20 degrees above normal.

Over the past few months it been relatively warm for this region. Chicago’s high temperatures from September to November averaged 64 degrees F, about 2.2 degrees F about the 1981 to 2010 normal. The low temperatures from the same period averaged 47.1 degrees F, 3.9 degrees F above normal.

For precipitation, from September to November, the region has actually been above normal, picking up 10.77 inches, 1.26 inches above normal. One caveat about this statistic is that most of the precipitation fell in September and October. More recently it has been relatively dry, with Chicago only measuring 1.75 inches of precipitation during November, 1.40 inches below normal for the month. In addition, along with the lack of rain, there has been a lack of snow as well, with the city only measuring 0.1 inches, 1.3 inches below normal for the Fall and Winter season.

Outside of a few spotty showers early Saturday, dry weather is expected for the weekend into Monday, along with the warmth.  Then, changes come.

Some of the coldest air of the season is on the way for most of the eastern United States early next week, including for Chicago. Temperatures in Chicago will go from the low 60s on Monday to the upper 30s on Tuesday and then into the upper 20s by Wednesday, a more than 30-degree temperature drop over the course of two. It will be even colder overnight by Wednesday.

The 7-Day Forecast for Chicago shows that temperatures will drop dramatically from Monday to Wednesday next week.

So enjoy weekend but grab the winter coats, scarves and gloves by next week as they will definitely come in handy by next week.

For WeatherNation, I am Meteorologist Marcus Walter.

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