As the Chicago area grapples with an impending heatwave, a new weather concern is on the horizon—a potential threat of showers and thunderstorms, some of which may escalate to severe levels, expected to arrive in the middle of the week.
According to the Storm Prediction Center, Wednesday poses an “enhanced” risk of severe weather for parts of northern Indiana. Although this risk falls largely outside the NBC 5 viewing area, certain portions of the state, including counties within the NBC 5 viewing area, are under a “slight risk.”
Notably, northeastern Illinois counties, including McHenry, Lake, Kane, DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kankakee, also fall under a “slight risk,” which is the second category among the five levels of severe weather probability. Additionally, other areas in northern Illinois, such as DeKalb and LaSalle counties, face a “marginal” risk.
Forecasters warn that any storms that develop could bring gusty winds and hail. However, while there is a chance of tornadoes in northern Indiana, it is anticipated that these will likely remain away from the NBC 5 viewing area.
Throughout the week, temperatures are expected to climb, with Wednesday seeing readings in the upper-80s to low-to-mid 90s across the region. The heat will continue to intensify into Thursday and Friday, with highs approaching the upper-90s in some locations. Heat indices are likely to soar above 100 degrees, and there are chances of storms returning to the forecast on Friday and Saturday.
On a more positive note, some relief may be in sight as the weekend draws near. The forecast suggests that by Sunday, lower humidity and temperatures could provide a respite from the scorching conditions.