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Published on May 16, 2024
Chicago Braces for Showers, Thunderstorms and Foggy ConditionsSource: X/NWS Chicago

Chicago residents should keep their umbrellas at the ready as the city is forecasted to face a flurry of scattered showers and thunderstorms starting this afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, the city will experience inclement weather with a 50% chance of precipitation, and there's even a possibility of a strong storm with hail and gusty winds near the Wisconsin border.

The erratic weather isn't about to give Chicago a break, with patchy fog expected to roll in tonight post-thunderstorm, leading to reduced visibility. As the fog disperses Friday morning, sporadic showers may prevail, especially south of the I-80, as reported by the NWS Chicago via X. Temperatures will roam around 67 degrees and northeast winds could reach up to 10 mph. Saturday looks to grant a brief respite with mostly sunny skies, before the tempest returns Monday.

Looking ahead, the National Weather Service's Hazardous Weather Outlook signals that from Monday to Wednesday, there's a consistent threat of further thunderstorms. Conditions for these days point towards a mix of sunny spells and looming showers, with highs peaking at a balmy 82 degrees on Monday and Tuesday.

The tumultuous weather also casts a shadow on Lake Michigan's nearshore areas where a limited thunderstorm risk is on the horizon for mariners. Between the ebb and flow of Chicago's skyline and lakefront, it is the inconsistency of the weather that seems to be the only certainty. Clear skies will be a coveted sight in the city, as the weather refuses to settle, embracing instead a tumultuous pattern of spring unrest.