Sweaters come off the rack for Midwest summertime cold snap

The cold front that’s expected to park over North-Central Florida this week means rainy weather  — with little temperature change.

But a cold front in Chicago is … well … a COLD FRONT — even in late June.

The system rolls through Chicago Monday, turning winds north and east, pulling in cool air off Lake Michigan. Monday’s forecast high is 71 with 75 on Tuesday.

The official forecast low in the city is 56, but National Weather Service forecasters said in their morning analysis: “High pressure builds in later tonight with clearing skies and diminishing winds, setting the stage for chilly overnight temps in the upper 40s to around 50 away from the core of the Chicago urban heat island.”

Nothing like a little pre-Fourth-of-July jacket and sweater weather.

Monday’s forecast high in Green Bay, Wisconsin — where they have 11 months of winter and one month of bad skiing — is 60 degrees with an overnight low of 49. To the west, away from Lake Michigan, the forecast low is 46 in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Chicago’s July 4 forecast is a little more summer-like, with a high of 84 and a low of 72, according to AccuWeather. Palm Beach is expecting 89 for the holiday, with partly sunny skies; 87 in Miami and 91 in Tampa.

UPDATED RAINFALL FORECAST: Between 3-3.5 inches are forecast for the Florida peninsula through Saturday, with lighter amounts on the coasts, according to NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center.

RECORD WATCH: The low in Fort Lauderdale Sunday was 82, tying the mark for warmest minimum temperature for June 25, set just one year ago.

5 day CF forecast

The five-day Central Florida forecast is for slightly cooler temperatures as rain moves in. (Credit: NWS-Melbourne)

PACIFIC STORM POWERS UP: Dora became the first hurricane of the 2017 Northeast Pacific season Monday, with winds of 80 mph off the southwest coast of Mexico. It was moving west-northwest at 13 mph and was forecast to peak later in the day with 90 mph winds before losing strength due to wind shear, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Dissipation was predicted by the end of the week and Dora was not expected to affect land.

In the Atlantic, no development was forecast by the NHC over the next five days.

No major forecast model suggests development, but the Canadian (CMC) still insists that a system will spin up in the Atlantic over the holiday weekend, although latest runs keep it east of the Bahamas. The Navy (NAVGEM) has a weak low slicing into the Yucatan Peninsula or Belize over the weekend.

LA record temp

(Image credit: NWS-Los Angeles)

THE WEST’S RECORD-BREAKING HEAT: Sunday’s high in Burbank, California hit 111 degrees, the hottest ever recorded for June 25, and tying the all-time high for the month of June, the National Weather Service in Los Angeles reported. The reading was taken at Bob Hope Airport. The city’s all-time record is 113 degrees set on September 12, 1971.

Weather Underground has a run-down of last week’s heat wave in the West, including 125 degrees in Needles, California and 119 in Phoenix.


Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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