harsh storms could hit Chicago, followed by extreme heat wave

harsh storms could hit Chicago, followed by extreme heat wave

An incoming heat wave is set to bring Chicago record temperatures and oppressive heat this week. But first, the city and northeastern Illinois could see dangerous winds, harsh thunderstorms and large hail Monday.

Monday’s harsh weather could start around lunchtime, National Weather Service hydrologist Scott Lincoln said. That’s when the first of two thunderstorm systems may hit northeast Illinois. The second storm is expected to pass by in the late afternoon, though Lincoln said it’s unclear where in the vicinity the thunderstorms will strike.

“We may have to wait until they start to form to get a better manager on it,” he said. “If they move into our neck of the woods, we certainly would have the atmospheric sustain for strong, harsh thunderstorms.”

The late afternoon thunderstorm has the possible to bring damaging winds of over 75 miles per hour and hail large enough to dent cars, Lincoln said.

Two rounds of harsh storms possible today. The first will be developing while crossing the area very late morning into early afternoon. The second may clip far NE IL and NW IN late afternoon into early eve. Main threat of damaging winds. Large hail, fleeting tornado also possible. pic.twitter.com/gmnwdQLr99

— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) June 13, 2022

“There’s also the possible for a fleeting tornado,” he additional. Lincoln promoted people in northeastern Illinois to pay attention to the weather throughout the day and have multiple ways to receive safety alerts as meteorologists learn more.

As the harsh weather leaves, extreme heat will follow. Temperatures in the high 90s will hit Chicago on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The hot weather could set local records. Tuesday’s projected high of 98 degrees is just shy of the 99-degree record high for June 14, and Wednesday’s high of 97 degrees edges June 15′s historic high mark: 95 degrees set in 1994.

But it will feel already hotter. High levels of humidity will make the heat index — how the heat is felt by the body — warmer, elevating the index to around 105 degrees, Lincoln said.

“Ninety degrees in and of itself, although it’s warm, will certainly feel a lot worse,” he said.

The National Weather Service advises Chicagoans to limit outdoor activity, check in on neighbors and family and not leave children or pets in cars.

“It’s dangerous if people don’t use caution,” Lincoln said.

Three Chicago women died in a Rogers Park senior housing facility during a heat wave last month. Residents had begged the character managers for days to turn off the heat and turn on the air conditioning amid record-breaking temperatures, residents and family members said.

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